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Guoquan Wang


Guoquan Wang

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Associate Professor of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geosensing Systems Engineering

Ph.D. Solid Earth Geophysics, Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration (2001)

Office: 231 SR1
Office Hours: M/W 10:00a-3:00p | F 10:00a-4:00p
Phone: (713) 743-3224

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I am seeking graduate students to work on GPS and LIDAR technique developments and their applications to studies of earthquake, landslide, subsidence, faulting, coastal erosion, sea-level change, and structural monitoring.


  1. Coastal hazards (e.g., faulting, subsidence, wetland loss) in the Gulf Coast area
  2. Caribbean neotectonics
  3. GPS seismology, strong earthquake ground motion
  4. Applications of GPS and LIDAR technologies in natural hazards studies
  5. Geological hazard risk analysis and mitigation
  6. Field and structural monitoring and instrumentation
  7. Numerical modeling---Numerical 3D simulation (e.g., Parallel Super-Computer Numerical Simulation, MPI and Finite Difference Method)

GEOL6324 Satellite Positioning and Geodesy (Each Fall Semester)
GEOL6396 Solid Earth Geophysics Seminar (Fall Semester, Odd Years)
GEOL6323 Geoscience Applications of GPS and LIDAR (Each Spring Semester)
GEOL4332 Geoscience Applications of GPS and LIDAR (Each Spring Semester)
GEOL 4355 Geophysics Field Camp (Each Summer)
GEOL4330 Introduction to Geophysics (Fall Semester, Even Years)


  1. NSF IRES: US-China Collaboration on Landslide Research and Student Training (Sep. 1, 2015—Aug. 30, 2018, $245,945.00). PI: Guoquan Wang
  2. NSF TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): Integrating GPS and LIDAR into geosciences education (October 1, 2013—September 30, 2016, $168,187). PI: Guoquan Wang
  3. NSF MRI (Major Research Instrumentation Grant--HoustonNET). MRI: Acquisition of GPS Equipment for Establishing a Continuously Operating Dense GPS Network in Houston Metropolitan Area for Urban Natural Hazards Study (September 1, 2012---August 30, 2014, $573,391—NSF: $401,374; UH Matching: $172,017 for installation, $125,000 for the operation of the first 5 years). PI: Guoquan Wang, Co-PIs: Shuhab Khan (Geosciences), Barry Lefer (Atmospheric Science), Thomas Hsu (Civil Engineering), Ramesh Shrestha (Geodetic Imaging), Paul Mann (Natural Hazards), William Carter (Survey Technology Engineering), Yi-Lung Mo (Structural Engineering), Hassan Moghaddam (Land Surveying), Craig Glennie (Airborne Surveying), Hyongki Lee (Remote Sensing).
  4. NSF-CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development), Integrating Research and Education to Apply High-Rate GPS in Natural Hazards Reduction (September 2009---August 2014, total $468,431--UPR: 161,922; UH: $306,509). PI: Guoquan Wang.
  5. NSF-IF Program, Collaborative Instrumentation: COCONet (Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network), an Infrastructure Proposal for a Multi-hazard Tectonic and Weather Observatory (October 1, 2010---December 31, 2015, $6,272,931) PI: UNAVCO (Meghan M. Miller), CO-PIs: Guoquan Wang (UH), Glen Mattioli (UNAVCO), Karl Feaux (UNAVCO), John Braun (UCAR), Eric Calais (previous co-PI), Mike Jackson (previous co-PI).

(All publications can be downloaded from my ResearchGate Profile)

  1. Yang, L, G. Wang, Y. Bao, T. J. Kearns, J. Yu (2015). Comparisons of Ground-Based and Building-Based CORS: a Case Study in the Region of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Journal of Surveying Engineering (accepted, in press).
  2. Liu, H. and G. Wang (2015). Delineating relative motion between St. Croix and the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands block using continuous GPS observations (1995-2014). International of Geophysics, 915753, 1-9,
  3. Wang, G.-Q., Y. Bao, Y. Cuddus, X. Jia, J. J. Serna, and Q. Jing (2015), A methodology to derive precise landslide displacements from GPS observations in tectonically active and cold regions: A case study in Alaska. Natural Hazards, 77:1939-1961, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1684-z
  4. Kearns, T. J., G.-Q. Wang, Y. Bao, J. Jiang, and D. Lee (2015), Current Land Subsidence and Groundwater Level Changes in the Houston Metropolitan Area, Texas (2005-2012), Journal of Surveying Engineering, 05015002:1-16, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SU.1943-5428.0000147
  5. Antuna J. C., M. Miller, G. Mattioli, K. Feaux, R. Anthes, J. Braun, G.-Q. Wang, and A. Robock (2014), Partnering with Cuba: Weather extremes, Science, Vol. 345, ISSUE6194, 278.
  6. Yu, J., G.-Q. Wang, T. J. Kearns, and L. Yang (2014), Is there deep-seated subsidence in the Houston-Galveston area? Int. J. Geophys., Article ID 942834, 11Pages,
  7. Wang, G.-Q., and T. Soler (2014), Measuring Land Subsidence Using GPS: Ellipsoid Height vs. Orthometric Height, Journal of Survey Engineering, 05014004, 1-12. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SU.1943- 5428.0000137
  8. Wang, G.-Q., J. Yu, T. J. Kearns, and J. Ortega (2014), Assessing the accuracy of long-term subsidence derived from borehole extensometer data using GPS observations: case study in Houston, Texas, Journal of Survey Engineering, 140(3) 05014001: 1-7, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SU.1943-5428.0000133
  9. Wang, G.-Q., T. J. Kearns, J. Yu, and G. Saenz (2014), A Stable Reference Frame for Landslide Monitoring Using GPS in the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Region, Landslides 11(1):119-129, DOI:10.1007/s10346-013-0428-y
  10. Wang, G.-Q., J. Yu, J. Ortega, G. Saenz, T. Burrough, and R. Neill (2013), A Stable Reference Frame for Ground Deformation Study in the Houston Metropolitan Area, Texas, Journal of Geodetic Science, 3(3), 188-202. DOI:10.2478/jogs-2013-0021
  11. Wang, G.-Q., T. Soler (2013), Using OPUS for Measuring Vertical Displacements in Houston, TX, Journal of Surveying Engineering, 139(3), 126-134, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SU.1943-5428.0000103
  12. Wang, G.-Q. (2013), Millimeter-Accuracy GPS Landslide Monitoring Using Precise Point Positioning with Single Receiver Phase Ambiguity Resolution: A Case Study in Puerto Rico, Journal of Geodetic Science, 3(1), 22-31.
  13. Wang, G.-Q., J. Joyce, D. Phillips, R. Shrestha, and W. Carter (2013), Delineating and Defining the Boundaries of an Active Landslide in the Rainforest of Puerto Rico Using a Combination of Airborne and Terrestrial LIDAR Data, Landslides,  10(4):503-513, DOI:10.1007/s10346-013-0400-x.
  14. Wang, G.-Q. (2013), Teaching High-Precision GPS to Undergraduates Using Online Processing Services, Journal of Geoscience Education 61 (2), 202-212.
  15. Braun, J. J., E. Calais, K. Dausz, K. Feaux, B. Friesen, G.S. Mattioli, M. M. Miller, J. Normandeau, E. Seider, and G. Wang (2012), COCOnet (Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network): Infrastructure Enhancements To Improve Sea Level Monitoring, Paper No. 212178, Geological Society of America 44(7).
  16. Braun, J. J., G.S. Mattioli, E. Calais, D. Carlson, T. Dixon, M. Jackson, R. Kursinski, H. Mora-Paez, M.M. Miller, R. Pandya, R. Robertson, and G. Wang (2012), Multi-Disciplinary Natural Hazards Research Initiative Begins Across the Caribbean Basin, EOS transactions, American Geophysical Union, 93, 9, DOI:10.1029/2012EO090001.
  17. Wang, G.-Q. and T. Soler (2012), OPUS for Horizontal Subcentimeter-Accuracy Landslide Monitoring: A Case Study in the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Region, Journal of Surveying Engineering138(3):135-143, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)SU.1943-5428.0000079.
  18. Wang, G.-Q., F. Blume, C. Meertens, P. Ibanez, and M. Schulze (2012), Performance of high-rate kinematic GPS during strong shaking: observations from shake table tests and the 2010 Chile earthquake (M 8.8), Journal of Geodetic Sciences, 2(1):1-16, DOI:10.2478/v10156-011-0020-0.
  19. Wang, G.-Q. (2012), Kinematics of the Cerca del Cielo, Puerto Rico landslide derived from GPS observations, Landslides, 9 (1):117-130, DOI: 10.1007/s10346-011-0277-5.
  20. Wang, G.-Q. (2011), GPS Landslide Monitoring: Single Base vs. Network Solutions, a case study based on the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Permanent GPS Network, Journal of Geodetic Sciences, 1(3): 191-203, DOI: 10.2478/v10156-010-0022-3.
  21. Wang, G.-Q., D. Phillips, J. Joyce, and F. O. Rivera (2011). The integration of TLS and Continuous GPS to study landslide deformation: a case study in Puerto Rico, Journal of Geodetic Science, 1(1): 25-34, DOI: 10.2478/v10156-010-0004-5.
  22. Wang, G.-Q., D. M. Boore, G. Tang, and X.-Y. Zhou (2007). Some observations on colocated and closely spaced 1-second sampled GPS and ground-motion accelerograph data from the 2003 San Simeon (M 6.5), California, earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 97, 76-90.
  23. Wang, G.-Q., G. Tang, C. R. Jackson, X.-Y. Zhou, and Q. Lin (2006). Strong ground motions observed at the UPSAR during the 2003 San Simeon earthquake (M 6.5) and the 2004 Parkfield earthquake (M 6.0) , Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 96, S159-S182.
  24. Wang, G.-Q., G. Tang, D. M. Boore, G. V. Burban, C. R. Jackson, X.-Y. Zhou, and Q. Lin. (2006). Strong surface waves observed in the Western Coastal Plain of the Taiwan Island from one aftershock of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, Earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.96, 821-845.
  25. Wang, G.-Q. and X.-Y. Zhou (2006). Three-Dimensional Finite-Difference Simulations of Strong Ground Motions during the 1720 Shacheng Earthquake of Yanhuai Area, Beijing, China using a Stochastic Finite-Fault model, Soil Dyn. Earthquake. Eng. 26 (10), 960-982.
  26. Tong, M., G.-Q. Wang, and G. C. Lee (2005). Time derivative of earthquake acceleration, Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 4(1), 1-16.
  27. Wang, G.-Q., D. M. Boore, H. Igel, and X.-Y. Zhou (2004). Comparisons of ground motions from five aftershocks of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake with empirical predictions largely based on data from California, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 94, 2198-2212.
  28. Wang, G.-Q., D. M. Boore, H. Igel, and X.-Y. Zhou (2003). Some observations on colocated and closely-spaced strong ground motion records of the 1999, Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.93, 674-693.
  29. Wang, G.-Q., X.-Y. Zhou, P. Z. Zhang, and H. Igel (2002). Characteristics of amplitude and duration for near fault strong ground motion from the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, Earthquake, Soil Dyn. Earthquake. Eng.22, 73-96.
  30. Wang, G.-Q., X.-Y. Zhou, Z. J. Ma, and P. Z. Zhang (2001). A preliminary study on the randomness of response spectra of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, Earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 91, 1358-1369.
  31. Wang, G.-Q., X.-Y. Zhou, Z. J. Ma, and P. Z. Zhang (2001). Data files from a preliminary study on the randomness of response spectra of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, Earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.91, 1388-1389.