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Project 663 - Impact, Mechanism, Monitoring of Land Subsidence in Coastal cities

Brief outline of the project

Land subsidence, as a global geohazard, not only reduces the flood control capacity in urban areas, but also brings security risk and damage to buildings, roads, bridges, rail transits, flood control walls, underground lines, etc. The impact of land subsidence is especially obvious in coastal cities and proximity to shorelines, such as Shanghai and Jakarta, etc., for their low elevation. It’s important and urgent to carry out measures for the prevention and control of land subsidence.

In this project, we propose a scientific cooperative program between institutions and researchers to develop better understanding of land subsidence at international level, especially the less developed countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. IM2LSC plans to research the Impacts of human activities and sea-level rise, hydro-Mechanism and monitoring methods of Land Subsidence in Coastal cities.

The project results will be transferred to sites in other developing countries, and recommendations will be released to play an effective role in the planning, construction, management and security assurance for different coastal cities.

The co-leaders are from China, Egypt, Italy, Netherlands and Indonesia


Related information

  • Duration: 2018-2021
  • IGCP Theme: Hydrogeology
  • Website


  • Project Leader: Xuexin Yan
  • Address: Shanghai Institute of Geological Survey, Shanghai 200072, P. R. China
  • Email: xuyan(at)