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Special Issue "Earth Observations for Land Subsidence Identification, Monitoring and Their Contribution to Modeling II"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 1439

Special Issue Editors

Center for GeInformatics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Interests: geoid/gravity modeling; land subsidence; physical geodesy
Geology Department, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
Interests: satellite geodesy; data analysis; time series; global positioning system

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land subsidence is a major problem that occurs worldwide and exponentially growing. It stands for the gradual or sudden lowering of the Earth’s level. Natural and anthropogenic interventions cause land subsidence. The natural causes include tectonic processes, isostasy, crustal loading by ice sheets, and sediment compaction at river deltas. On the other hand, anthropogenic subsidence can be caused by oil extraction, water injection, peat oxidation, and construction loading over soft soil.

The advances in geodetic satellite technologies and remote sensing enable excellent Earth observation capabilities and inherit invaluable ground movement legacy. For instance, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are widely used to establish continuously operating reference stations (CORS). It provides a set of time series over scattered sites over specified areas. In addition, the Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) is also used for mapping land subsidence through the phase difference of the radar images. InSAR technology enables extensive spatial mapping compared to scattered sites obtained by GNSS.

This Special Issue welcomes high-quality research and studies that address the most recent advancements, including but not limited to:

  • Monitoring, identification, prediction, and analysis of land subsidence using GNSS positioning.
  • Change detection techniques based on satellite and terrestrial remote sensing imageries and digital image correlation
  • InSAR technology for geophysical surface deformation due to Volcanoes, landslides, earthquakes, and glaciers
  • Advanced land subsidence methodologies and integration with hydrological and metrological models

Dr. Ahmed Abdalla
Dr. Abdelali Fadil
Prof. Dr. Claudia Meisina
Guest Editors

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  • land subsidence
  • GNSS
  • InSAR
  • remote sensing
  • earth deformation
  • monitoring

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The Issue of Land Subsidence in Coastal and Alluvial Plains: A Bibliometric Review
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(9), 2409; - 04 May 2023
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Land subsidence (LS) is becoming one of the major problems in coastal and delta cities worldwide. Understanding the current LS situation and the research trends is of paramount importance for further studies and addressing future international research networks. We analyzed the LS-related literature [...] Read more.
Land subsidence (LS) is becoming one of the major problems in coastal and delta cities worldwide. Understanding the current LS situation and the research trends is of paramount importance for further studies and addressing future international research networks. We analyzed the LS-related literature available from the Scopus database. The use of a single database avoided the redundancy of articles, while excluding some subject areas was useful to obtain only studies related to LS. By using VOSviewer and CiteSpace tools, we conducted a bibliometric analysis by considering title, keywords, and abstract to identify the temporal development, the geographical origin, and the area of study of the research. The results revealed a considerable heterogeneity of approaches, thematics, study areas, and research output trends. China, the US, and Italy are the major contributors to the scientific production, but the higher number of articles is not always related to the extension of the LS phenomenon in these countries. The monitoring approach differs worldwide, and univocal modeling is still lacking; from the analysis of the keywords, it is clear that the focus of most studies is on the relationship with the hydrological/hydrogeological aspects. Since the 2000s, however, the development of SAR technologies has boosted the study of the phenomenon from a different point of view. Full article
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