Articles | Volume 372
Proc. IAHS, 372, 361–366, 2015
Proc. IAHS, 372, 361–366, 2015

  12 Nov 2015

12 Nov 2015

Methods for monitoring land subsidence and earth fissures in the Western USA

K. C. Fergason et al.

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Monitoring systems capable of quantifying rates and distribution of land subsidence and detection of ground rupture for many types of infrastructure including dams, levees, channels, basins, roadways, and mining facilities are discussed. Methods implemented include optical leveling and GPS surveys, ground reconnaissance, photo-geological analysis, groundwater monitoring, tape-extensometers, InSAR, borehole tiltmeters, microseismic arrays, excavation of monitoring trenches, and TDR.