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Land Subsidence: Bibliography of Selected USGS References

Selected USGS Reports and Resources on Land Subsidence Investigations and Case Studies

Bawden, G.W, Sneed, M., Stork, S.V., and Galloway, D.L., 2003, Measuring human-induced land subsidence from space: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 069-03, 4 p. (Available online at

Galloway, D.L., Bawden, G.W., Leake, S.A., and Honegger D.G., 2008, Land subsidence hazards, in Baum, R.L., Galloway, D.L., and Harp, E.L., Landslide and land subsidence hazards to pipelines. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1164, chap. 2, p. 33-106. (Available online at

Heywood, C.E., Galloway, D.L., and Stork, S.V., 2002, Ground displacements caused by aquifer-system water-level variations observed using interferometric synthetic aperture radar near Albuquerque, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 02-4235, 18 p. (Available online at

Ingebritsen, S.E., Ikehara, M.E., Galloway, D.L., and Jones, D.R., 2000, Delta subsidence in California — The sinking heart of the State: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 005-00, 4 p. (Available online at

Pavelko, M.T., NV: Estimates of hydraulic properties from a one-dimensional numerical model of vertical aquifer-system deformation, Lorenzi site, Las Vegas, Nevada (WRIR 03-4083): U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 03-4083, 45p. (Available online at

Sneed, Michelle and Galloway, D.L., 2000, Aquifer - System Compaction and Land Subsidence: Measurements, Analyses, and Simulations - the Holly Site, Edwards Air Force Base, Antelope Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 00-4015, 70p. (Available online at

Sneed, Michelle, Brandt, Justin, and Solt, Mike, 2013, Land subsidence along the Delta-Mendota Canal in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley, California, 2003-10: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5142, 87 p. (Available online at

Sneed, Michelle, Ikehara, M.E., Galloway, D.L., and Amelung, Falk, 2001, CA: Detection and Measurement of Land Subsidence Using Global Positioning System and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, Coachella Valley, California, 1996-98: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 01-4193, 31p. (Available online at

Sneed, Michelle, Ikehara, M.E., Stork, S.V., Amelung, Falk, and Galloway, D.L., 2003, Detection and measurement of land subsidence using interferometric synthetic aperture radar and global positioning system, San Bernardino County, Mojave Desert, California: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 03-4015, 60 p. (Available online at

Sneed, Michelle, Stork, S.V., and Ikehara, M.E., 2002, Detection and measurement of land subsidence using global positioning system and interferometric synthetic aperture radar, Coachella Valley, California, 1998-2000: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4239 29 p. (Available online at

Stork, S.V., and Sneed, M., 2002, Houston-Galveston Bay Area, Texas from space — A new tool for mapping land subsidence: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 110-02, 4 p. (Available online at

U.S. Geological Survey, 2010, Land Subsidence in California: U.S. Geological Survey web site at

Valentine, D.W., Densmore, J.N., Galloway, D.L., and Amelung, Falk, 2001, Use of InSAR to identify land-surface displacements caused by aquifer-system compaction in the Paso Robles area, San Luis Obispo County, California, March to August 1997: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-447, 1 sheet. (Available online at

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Selected Journal Articles by USGS Authors

Amelung, Falk, Galloway, D.L . , Bell, J.W., Zebker, H.A., and Laczniak, R.L., 1999, Sensing the ups and downs of Las Vegas-InSAR reveals structural control of land subsidence and aquifer-system deformation: Geology, 27(6), p. 483-486. (Available online at [10MB PDF] Accessed Feb. 18, 2010.

Galloway, D.L. and Burbey, T.J., 2011, Review: Regional land subsidence accompanying groundwater extraction: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 19, no. 8, pp. 1459-1486. (Available online at Accessed December 28, 2011)

Galloway, D.L. and Hoffmann, J., 2007, The application of satellite differential SAR interferometry-derived ground displacements in hydrogeology: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 15, no. 1, pp. 133-154. (Available online at

Galloway, D.L., Hudnut, K.W., Ingebritsen, S.E., Phillips, S.P., Peltzer,G., Rogez, F., and Rosen, P.A., 1998, Detection of aquifer system compaction and land subsidence using interferometric synthetic aperture radar, Antelope Valley, Mojave Desert, California: Water Resources Research, v. 34, no. 10, pp. 2573-2585, doi:10.1029/98WR01285. (Available online at Accessed May 14, 2010.)

Hoffmann, Jörn, Galloway, D.L., and Zebker, H.A., 2003, Inverse modeling of interbed storage parameters using land subsidence observations, Antelope Valley, California: Water Resources Research, 39(2), doi: 10.1029/2001WR001252, p. SBH 5-1 - 5-10. (Available online at Accessed May 14, 2010.)

Hoffmann, J., Zebker, H.A., Galloway, D.L., and Amelung, F., 2001, Seasonal subsidence and rebound in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, observed by synthetic aperture radar interferometry: Water Resources Research, v. 37, no. 6, pp. 1551-1566. (Available online at Accessed May 14, 2010.)

Holzer, T.L., and Galloway, D.L., 2005, Impacts of land subsidence caused by withdrawal of underground fluids in the United States, in Ehlen, J., Haneberg, W.C., and Larson, R.A., eds., Humans as Geologic Agents: Reviews in Engineering Geology, 16, p. 87-99, doi: 10.1130/2005.4016(08). (Available online at Accessed May 14, 2010)

King, N.E., Argus, D., Langbein, J., Agnew, D.C., Bawden, G., Dollar, R.S., Lui, Z., Galloway, D., Reichard, E., Yong, A., Webb, F.H., Bock, Y., Stark, K., and Barseghian, D., 2007, Space geodetic observations of expansion of the San Gabriel Valley, California, aquifer system, during heavy rainfall in winter 2004-2005: Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, B03409, doi:10.1029/2006JB004448. (Available online at Accessed May 14, 2010.)

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Selected Books, Chapters, and Meeting Proceedings by USGS Authors

Borchers, Jim, Galloway, Devin, Phipps, Harrison, and Thomas, Ann, 1999, Land subsidence - an often overlooked consequence of our water-use practices: Hydrovisions, 8(2), p. 1-8. (Available online at [1.4MB PDF] Accessed May 14, 2010)

Galloway, D.L., Coplin, L.S., and Ingebritsen, S.E., 2003, Effects Of land subsidence in the Greater Houston Area, chap. 12 in D.E. Agthe, D.E., Billings, R.B., and Buras, N., eds., Managing Urban Water Supply: Economic and Hydrological Analysis of Urban Water Supply Problems with Environmental Implications: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Water Science and Technology Library, v. 46, p. 187-203.

Galloway, D.L., Phillips, S.P., and Ikehara, M.E., 1998, Land subsidence and its relation to past and future water supplies in Antelope Valley, California, in Borchers, J.W., ed., Land Subsidence — Case studies and current research, Proceedings of the Dr. Joseph F. Poland Symposium on Land Subsidence: Star Publishing, Belmont, CA, p. 529-539. (Available online at

Phillips, S.P., and Galloway, Devin, 2008, Groundwater: Pumping and land subsidence, in Trimble, S.W., Stewart, B.A., and Howell, T.A., eds., Encyclopedia of Water Science (2nd ed.), Taylor and Francis Publishing, p. 466-470, doi:10.1081/E-EWS2-120010084. (Available online at Accessed Feb. 7, 2010.

Poland, J.F., ed., 1984, Guidebook to studies of land subsidence due to ground-water withdrawal: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, Studies and reports in hydrology 40, 305 p. (Available online at

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