prominent example was the 2010 sinkhole event in Schmalkalden in Thuringia. The joint project SIMULTAN (Sinkhole instability: integrated multi-scale monitoring and analysis) aims at developing an early warning
system that recognizes instability, disturbances and collapse processes using a variety of different methods to decrease the risks connected to sinkholes.
MET's work focusses on the geophysical and hydrogeological characterization of sinkhole prone areas, amongst others by the application of Direct Push technology. By systematic parametrization of the subsurface, insights into sinkhole processes will be gathered which support modelling and the development of the early warning system. The installation of a monitoring network will provide further information on the long-term effects of sinkhole development.