Grace CarlsonPh.D. - Postdoctoral Researcher
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I am a hydrogeodesist with a focus on merging satellite-based geodetic data with geophysical models to study spatiotemporal changes in terrestrial water availability. I am particularly interested in using remote sensing to analyze hydrological extremes, such as the recent Western U.S. droughts, and to better understand how human interventions, like deep groundwater pumping and irrigation activities, alter the water cycle. I received my PhD from Virginia Tech in Geological Sciences where I worked on combining measurements from various sensors (GRACE/ GRACE-FO, GNSS station displacements, and InSAR) to map total water storage and groundwater storage changes and resulting deformation. In the past, I have also investigated links between water storage changes and seismicity as well as hazards associated with groundwater overdraft like land subsidence and earth fissures.