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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(12), 1021; doi:10.3390/rs8121021

Deformation Monitoring and Analysis of the Geological Environment of Pudong International Airport with Persistent Scatterer SAR Interferometry

State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenviroment Protection, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China
State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Collaborative Innovation Center for Geospatial Technology, Wuhan 430079, China
Key Laboratory of Land Subsidence Monitoring and Prevention, Ministry of Land and Resources, Shanghai 200072, China
College of Earth Sciences, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China
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Academic Editors: Qihao Weng, Guangxing Wang, George Xian, Hua Liu, Zhong Lu, Xiaofeng Li and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 13 October 2016 / Revised: 28 November 2016 / Accepted: 8 December 2016 / Published: 14 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Societal and Economic Benefits of Earth Observation Technologies)
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Many coastal cities have undertaken reclamation projects to satisfy the land demands of rapid urbanization. However, the foundations of reclaimed land are susceptible to settlement and can have undesirable environmental impacts that could adversely affect these dense, populated areas. In the case of international airports built on reclaimed areas especially, regional-scale deformation must be monitored to ensure operational security for public safety. Persistent Scatterer SAR Interferometry (PSI) technology has proven to be an effective tool to detect ground deformation in urban areas. However, it is still a challenge to apply PSI to effectively monitor settlement at airports built on newly developed coastal reclamation areas because of the scarcity of identifiable targets. Moreover, additional issues arise as the complicated deformation patterns associated with the underlying geological conditions make it difficult to interpret InSAR-derived results. In this study, a time-series analysis of a high-resolution TerraSAR-X satellite image stack acquired from September 2011 to October 2012 was performed by employing a modified PSI technique to retrieve the mean deformation velocity and time series of surface deformation at Pudong International Airport. Qualitative evaluation of spatial distribution and temporal evolution of deformation was conducted by joint analyses of deformation measurements and local geological data. Detailed analysis of various driving forces for deformation patterns confirmed that the results of deformation monitoring obtained by PSI are reliable and consistent with that of local geological surveys. Since the factors responsible for the subsidence within the airport are still at play, ongoing and routine deformation monitoring is warranted. View Full-Text
Keywords: deformation; geological environment; Shanghai Pudong International Airport; TerraSAR-X satellite images deformation; geological environment; Shanghai Pudong International Airport; TerraSAR-X satellite images

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Jiang, Y.; Liao, M.; Wang, H.; Zhang, L.; Balz, T. Deformation Monitoring and Analysis of the Geological Environment of Pudong International Airport with Persistent Scatterer SAR Interferometry. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 1021.

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