Ground stability hazards refer to the propensity for upward, lateral or downward movement of the ground that can be caused by a number of natural geological hazards. Some movements associated with particular hazards may be gradual and of millimetre or centimetre scale, whilst others may be sudden and of metre or tens of metres scale.
Significant natural ground instability has the potential to cause damage to some weaker buildings and structures. It should be noted, however, that many buildings, particularly more modern ones, are built to such a standard that they can remain unaffected in areas of significant ground movement
The identification of ground instability hazards can assist with rapidly identifying areas with potential problems and help to define land suited to different uses.
Research and development in this area is focussing on landslides and subsidence with a view to providing data products suitable for a broad range of users and applications through a combination of developing detailed models and incorporating new data such as satellite.
Contact Kathryn Lee for more information.