Estelle Chaussard

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Geophysics, University of Miami – 2013

417 Hochstetter
(305) 613-4291


Geophysics, Remote Sensing, Geohazards, Volcanology, Hydrology, Landslides, Seismic hazard

Research Interests

Development and usage of space geodetic techniques to detect small movements of the Earth’s surface and define the risks implied. Characterization of the physical processes associated with a variety of geohazards, from volcano deformation, crustal faulting, hydrologically-induced deformation, to changes in land use and their environmental impacts.

Course Offerings


  • GLY 103 – Geology for Engineers 
  • GLY 198 - Natural disasters and humans: past, present, and future
  • GLY 407 – Geologic Field Training
  • GLY 428/528 – Geological Hazards and risks
  • GLY 454/554 – Topics in Planetary Geosciences
  • GLY 499 – Independent Study
  • GLY 599 – Supervised Teaching
  • GLY 633 – Graduate Research
  • GLY 700 – Thesis Guidance

Current Students

Erin Girvin - MS 

Recent Former Students

Erika Dohring - MS (2016) 

Recent Publications

Cohen-Waeber, J., R. Burgmann, E. Chaussard, C. Giannico, and A. Ferretti (2018), Spatiotemporal Patterns of Precipitation-Modulated Landslide Deformation From Independent Component Analysis of InSAR Time Series, Geophysical research Letters, 64(1), 70, doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.03.003.

Castellazzi, P., Longuevergne, L., Martel., R., Rivera, A., Brouard, C., Chaussard, E., Garfias, J. (2018), Combining GRACE and InSAR for quantitative mapping of groundwater depletion at the water management scale, Remote Sensing of Environment, 205, 408–418, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.11.025.

Zhan, Y., P.M. Gregg, E. Chaussard, and Y. Aoki. Sequential assimilation of volcanic monitoring data to quantify eruption potential: application to Kerinci volcano, Sumatra. Front. Earth Sci. 5:108. doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00108

Chaussard, E., Milillo, P., Burgmann, R., Perissin, D., Fielding., E.J. and Baker, B. Remote sensing of ground deformation for monitoring groundwater management practices: application to the Santa Clara Valley during the 2012-2015 California drought. JGR-Solid Earth, 122, 8566–8582

Chaussard, E. (2017). A low-cost method applicable worldwide for remotely mapping lava dome growth. J. Volcan. geotherm. Res., 341, 33-41

Castellazzi, P., Martel, R., Rivera, A., Huang, J., Pavlic, G., Calderhead, A. I., Chaussard, E., Garfias, J., and Salas, J.  (2016), Groundwater depletion in Central Mexico: Use of GRACE and InSAR to support water resources management, Water Resources Research, 52, doi:10.1002/2015WR018211. 

Chaussard, E. (2016) Subsidence in the Parícutin lava field: causes and implications for interpretation of deformation fields at volcanoes. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 320, 1-11.

Chaussard, E., Johnson, C.W., Fattahi, H., and Bürgmann, R. (2016) Potential and limits of InSAR to characterize interseismic deformation independently of GPS data: application to the southern San Andreas Fault system. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17, doi:10.1002/2015GC006246.

Chaussard, E., Kerosky, S. (2016) Characterization of Black Sand Mining Activities and Their Environmental Impacts in the Philippines Using Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing, 8(2), 100; doi:10.3390/rs8020100

Chaussard, E., Bürgmann, R., Fattahi, H., Johnson, C. W., Nadeau, R., Taira, T., and Johanson, I. (2015) Interseismic coupling and refined earthquake potential on the Hayward-Calaveras fault zone, Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JB012230.

Chaussard, E., Bürgmann R., Fattahi, H., Nadeau, R., Taira, T., Johnson, C.W., and Johanson, I. (2015) Potential for larger earthquakes in the East San Francisco Bay Area due to the direct connection between the Hayward and Calaveras Faults, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi: 10.1002/2015GL063575.

Cabral-Cano, E., Solano-Rojas, D., Oliver-Cabrera, T., Wdowinski, S., Chaussard, E., Salazar-Tlaczani, L., Cigna, F., Demets, C., and Pacheco-Martínez, J. (2015) Satellite geodesy tools for ground subsidence and associated shallow faulting hazard assessment in central Mexico, Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 372, 255–260, doi:10.5194/piahs-372-255-2015

Fattahi, H., Amelung, F., Chaussard, E., Wdowinski, S. (2015) Coseismic and postseismic deformation due to the 2007 M5.5 Ghazaband fault earthquake, Balochistan, Pakistan. Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL063686.

Chaussard, E., Bürgmann, R., Shirzaei, M, Fielding, E., and Baker, B (2014). Predictability of hydraulic head changes and characterization of aquifer-system and fault properties from InSAR-derived ground deformation. Jour. of Geophys. Res. doi:10.1002/2014JB011266.

Chaussard, E. and Amelung, F.(2014) Regional controls on magma ascent and storage in volcanic arcs. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, doi:10.1002/2013GC005216.

Chaussard, E., Wdowinski, S., Cabral E., and Amelung, F (2014). Land subsidence in central Mexico detected by ALOS InSAR time-series, Rem. Sens. Env., 140, 94–106, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2013.08.038.

Chaussard, E., Amelung, F., and Aoki, Y. (2013) Characterization of closed and open volcanic systems in Indonesia and Mexico using InSAR time-series. Jour. of Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50288.

Chaussard, E., Amelung, F., Abidin, H., & Hong, S.-H. (2013) Sinking cities in Indonesia: ALOS PALSAR detects rapid subsidence due to groundwater and gas extraction. Rem. Sens. Env., 128, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2012.10.015.

Chaussard, E., and Amelung F. (2013). Characterization of Geological Hazards Using a Globally Observing Spaceborne SAR. Photogram. Eng. Rem. Sens., 79, 11, 982-986, http://PhotogramEngRemSens79

Chaussard, E. (2013) Characterization of volcanic and land subsidence hazards at regional scales: contributions from space geodesy. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Miami.

Chaussard, E., and Amelung F. (2012) Precursory inflation of shallow magma reservoirs at west Sunda volcanoes detected by InSAR. Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 39, No. 21, L21311,

Chaussard, E., Amelung, F., and Abidin, H. (2012) Sinking cities in Indonesia: space-geodetic evidences of the rates and spatial distribution of land subsidence. Proc. of Fringe 2011 Workshop, Frascati, Italy (ESA SP-696).

Chaussard, E. (2008). Estimation of the forces involved in the current dynamic of the western United States. Master Thesis, University of Montpellier II, Montpellier, France.

Chaussard, E. (2007). Reconciling geodetic and geologic estimates of the Altyn Tagh Fault’s slip rate, Tibet. Master Thesis, University of Montpellier II, Montpellier, France.