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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(3), 233; doi:10.3390/rs8030233

Interseismic Deformation of the Altyn Tagh Fault Determined by Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) Measurements

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School of Geodesy and Geomatics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
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Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment and Geodesy, Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430079, China
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Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology, Wuhan 430079, China
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Academic Editors: Zhenhong Li, Roberto Tomas, Zhong Lu and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 27 November 2015 / Revised: 29 February 2016 / Accepted: 4 March 2016 / Published: 11 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Earth Observations for Geohazards)
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Abstract

The Altyn Tagh Fault (ATF) is one of the major left-lateral strike-slip faults in the northeastern area of the Tibetan Plateau. In this study, the interseismic deformation across the ATF at 85°E was measured using 216 interferograms from 33 ENVISAT advanced synthetic aperture radar images on a descending track acquired from 2003 to 2010, and 66 interferograms from 15 advanced synthetic aperture radar images on an ascending track acquired from 2005 to 2010. To retrieve the pattern of interseismic strain accumulation, a global atmospheric model (ERA-Interim) provided by the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast and a global network orbital correction approach were applied to remove atmospheric effects and the long-wavelength orbital errors in the interferograms. Then, the interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) time series with atmospheric estimation model was used to obtain a deformation rate map for the ATF. Based on the InSAR velocity map, the regional strain rates field was calculated for the first time using the multi-scale wavelet method. The strain accumulation is strongly focused on the ATF with the maximum strain rate of 12.4 × 10−8/year. We also show that high-resolution 2-D strain rates field can be calculated from InSAR alone, even without GPS data. Using a simple half-space elastic screw dislocation model, the slip-rate and locking depth were estimated with both ascending and descending surface velocity measurements. The joint inversion results are consistent with a left-lateral slip rate of 8.0 ± 0.7 mm/year on the ATF and a locking depth of 14.5 ± 3 km, which is in agreement with previous results from GPS surveys and ERS InSAR results. Our results support the dynamic models of Asian deformation requiring low fault slip rate. View Full-Text
Keywords: InSAR; AltynTagh Fault; interseismic deformation; geodetic inversion; slip rate InSAR; AltynTagh Fault; interseismic deformation; geodetic inversion; slip rate
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Zhu, S.; Xu, C.; Wen, Y.; Liu, Y. Interseismic Deformation of the Altyn Tagh Fault Determined by Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) Measurements. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 233.

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