Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Research article
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13 May 2019
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 13 May 2019

Time-lapse gravity and levelling surveys reveal mass loss and ongoing subsidence in the urban subrosion-prone area of Bad Frankenhausen, Germany

Martin Kobe, Gerald Gabriel, Adelheid Weise, and Detlef Vogel


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ED: Publish as is (25 Mar 2019) by Susanne Buiter(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Subrosion, i.e. the underground leaching of soluble rocks, causes disastrous sinkhole events worldwide. We investigate the accompanying mass transfer using quarter-yearly time-lapse gravity campaigns over 4 years in the town of Bad Frankenhausen, Germany. After correcting for seasonal soil water content, we find evidence of underground mass loss and attempt to quantify its amount. This is the first study of its kind to prove the feasibility of this approach in an urban area.