9 October 2009 ALOS PALSAR differential interferometry for mapping co-seismic deformation of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, China
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Proceedings Volume 7471, Second International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes; 74711A (2009) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.847906
Event: Second International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes, 2009, Chengdu, China
Abstract
Differential interferometric synthetic aperture radar (DInSAR) technique has been widely accepted as a powerful tool to map surface deformation. To quantitatively evaluate the surface displacement caused by Wenchuan Earthquake on 12 May 2008 in Sichuan Province, China, a series of interferograms were generated from 25 ALOS/PALSAR image pairs, and the surface displacement was then mapped. According to the wrapped differential interferogram, the main rupture fault was plotted with an orientation of North-East 47° and a spanning length of approximately 230 km. The serious affected region with area of 5,000 km2 and the affected region with area of 250,000 km2 were also mapped. Along the radar look of sight (LOS), it is estimated that the ground surface displaced approximated a maximum of 57 cm and 119 cm away from and towards the satellite respectively, i.e. the vertical displacement was a maximum of 73 cm and 150 cm down lift and uplift respectively. The capability of DInSAR technique and ALOS PALSAR data for co-seismic deformation mapping has been demonstrated and proved to be useful in the surface deformation applications. In addition, some limitations were discussed including the topographic, atmospheric, and orbital errors.
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Yunfeng Hu, Yunfeng Hu, Yifang Ban, Yifang Ban, Jiyuan Liu, Jiyuan Liu, "ALOS PALSAR differential interferometry for mapping co-seismic deformation of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, China", Proc. SPIE 7471, Second International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes, 74711A (9 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.847906; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.847906
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