Next Article in Journal
Registration of Airborne LiDAR Point Clouds by Matching the Linear Plane Features of Building Roof Facets
Previous Article in Journal
Tree Species Classification Using Hyperspectral Imagery: A Comparison of Two Classifiers
Article Menu
Issue 6 (June) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Remote Sens. 2016, 8(6), 443;

Advanced SAR Interferometric Analysis to Support Geomorphological Interpretation of Slow-Moving Coastal Landslides (Malta, Mediterranean Sea)

National Research Council of Italy, Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (CNR-IRPI), Corso Stati Uniti 4, Padova 35127, Italy
Department of Mathematics and Geosciences, University of Trieste, Via Weiss 2, Trieste 34128, Italy
Department of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Urbino, Campus Scientifico “E. Mattei”, Via Cà le Suore 2/4, Urbino 61029, Italy
Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 103, Modena 41125, Italy
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Zhong Lu and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 9 March 2016 / Revised: 10 May 2016 / Accepted: 18 May 2016 / Published: 25 May 2016
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [21799 KB, uploaded 25 May 2016]   |  


An advanced SAR interferometric analysis has been combined with a methodology for the automatic classification of radar reflectors phase histories to interpret slope-failure kinematics and trend of displacements of slow-moving landslides. To accomplish this goal, the large dataset of radar images, acquired in more than 20 years by the two European Space Agency (ESA) missions ERS-1/2 and ENVISAT, was exploited. The analysis was performed over the northern sector of Island of Malta (central Mediterranean Sea), where extensive landslides occur. The study was assisted by field surveys and with the analysis of existing thematic maps and landslide inventories. The outcomes allowed definition of a model capable of describing the geomorphological evolution of slow-moving landslides, providing a key for interpreting such phenomena that, due to their slowness, are usually scarcely investigated. View Full-Text
Keywords: SAR interferometry; PSTime; landslides; Malta SAR interferometry; PSTime; landslides; Malta

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Mantovani, M.; Devoto, S.; Piacentini, D.; Prampolini, M.; Soldati, M.; Pasuto, A. Advanced SAR Interferometric Analysis to Support Geomorphological Interpretation of Slow-Moving Coastal Landslides (Malta, Mediterranean Sea). Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 443.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Remote Sens. EISSN 2072-4292 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top