Throughout the world, coastal and delta areas are confronted with land subsidence and we are feeling the consequences. After 1000 years of land subsidence in Netherlands, there are more and more places where we are reaching the limits of what the physical system can handle. In different areas around the globe, such as the Mekong Delta, human activities are causing the land to subside faster than climate change is pushing up sea levels. Levels of flood damage are rising and the risk of casualties is following. Land subsidence can also lead to major economic losses such as structural damage and high maintenance costs for roads, railways, dikes, pipes and buildings.