Karst Hazards and Vulnerabilities
Springfield, Missouri. The collapse is approximately 3 meters deep
at the time the photo was taken in 2007. It continued to expand
and the house was razed in 2011.
Karst hazards impact nearly every aspect of life for those living in karst areas. Direct losses due to these hazards average in the tens of millions of dollars per year. Indirect costs, such as the increased need for pre-construction geotechnical investigation including boreholes and geophysical surveys, impacts to health due to groundwater contamination, and remediation are many times that. More than 25 percent of people in the 48 contiguous states live on karst and karst aquifers are a significant source of fresh water worldwide. Developing methods to identify, characterize, and map karst hazards objectively regionally, nationally, and globally decreases site investigation costs by focusing efforts on the highest risk areas and improves disaster response preparedness by identifying the most vulnerable areas and communities.
Principal Investigator: James Kaufmann, email@example.com, EROS Center, Sioux Falls, SD