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Estelle Chaussard

Assistant Professor of Geology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Volcanoes, earthquakes, groundwater, aquifers, landslides, usage of satellite data to measure movements of the Earth’s surface

Estelle Chaussard can speak to the media about natural and manmade hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes and sinking land caused by groundwater and gas extraction. She can discuss the physical processes involved in these geohazards, as well as how scientists can assess the risks involved.

As a researcher, Chaussard specializes in using satellite data to detect and analyze small movements of the Earth’s surface.

Her work has shown how extracting groundwater or gas is causing several cities in Indonesia to sink, and how volcanoes in the country “inflated” prior to erupting — a discovery that could improve the forecasting of volcanic unrest. She has also used satellite techniques to evaluate fault connectivity and better define seismic hazards, which is important for understanding earthquake risks.

She can explain the science behind various satellite sensing techniques, including InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar), which she uses frequently in her work.

CONTACT:

Estelle Chaussard, PhD
Assistant Professor of Geology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

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