Land Surface Movement Driven by Groundwater Dynamics

M. Elkamali, C. Loupasakis, I. Papouptsis, A. Abuelgasim

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Land surface subsidence is a catastrophic phenomenon that leads to a loss of lives and infrastructures. In arid climates, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), water resources are limited and rely on groundwater as the main water resource for domestic and agricultural sectors. The increasing demand for water in the country results in overexploiting the groundwater resources which can be the main cause for land surface subsidence. Monitoring of land surface subsidence can be achieved by various techniques such as leveling survey, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) techniques. In this study, the InSAR technique has been implemented with the Sentinel-1A images to monitor land surface subsidence over the agricultural areas in the UAE between 2015 and 2019. The results showed significant ground subsidence in spatial accordance with agricultural farms. Furthermore, the detected subsidence has been confirmed by field observation of infrastructure failures over the deformed area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEAGE Middle East Geomechanics Workshop
Subtitle of host publicationLessons Learned and New Frontiers
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
ISBN (Electronic)9781713845331
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 EAGE Middle East Geomechanics Workshop: Lessons Learned and New Frontiers - Virtual, Online
Duration: Mar 1 2022Mar 3 2022

Publication series

NameEAGE Middle East Geomechanics Workshop: Lessons Learned and New Frontiers


Conference2022 EAGE Middle East Geomechanics Workshop: Lessons Learned and New Frontiers
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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