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Special Issue "Radar Interferometry for Geohazards"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Zhong Lu

Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750395, Dallas, TX 75275, USA
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Phone: 214-768-0101
Interests: technique developments of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) and multi-temporal InSAR processing, and their applications to natural hazard monitoring and natural resource management
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Zhenhong Li

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom
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Phone: +44 (0) 191 208 5704
Interests: synthetic aperture radar (SAR); interferometric SAR (InSAR); multi-GNSS; time series, digital elevation model (DEM), geohazards, geodetic inversion, precision agriculture
Guest Editor
Dr. Roberto Tomas

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Interests: land subsidence; landslides; InSAR; LiDAR; building monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) has been proven to be a powerful remote sensing tool to map changes in the Earth’s surface. InSAR has led to many new insights into geophysical and geological processes of geohazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, land subsidence and sinkholes, among others. The launch of new radar satellites and the advent of cloud/parallel computing have been leading us to a new era of operational InSAR, but it is believed that there is still room to further advance InSAR processing algorithms and applications.

This Special Issue will focus on (i) innovative InSAR algorithms and processing methods, and (ii) characterizing and modeling geohazards from InSAR and other geophysical and geological measurements. Submissions are encouraged to cover a broad range of topics, which may include, but are not limited to, the following activities. Papers address anthropogenic hazards using innovative processing and modeling techniques are also welcome.

  • InSAR algorithm development, automation, implementation, and validation
  • Crustal deformation and earthquake cycle
  • Landslides
  • Volcanic processes
  • Land subsidence
  • Sinkholes
  • Mining activities
  • Groundwater related subsidence
  • Fracking and induced seismicity

Prof. Dr. Zhong Lu
Prof. Dr. Zhenhong Li
Dr. Roberto Tomás
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • SAR processing
  • Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) 
  • Time series analysis
  • Earthquake
  • Landslide
  • Land subsidence
  • Sinkhole
  • Volcano
  • Fracking
  • Geohazards 
  • Man-made hazards

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Open AccessArticle An Adaptive Offset Tracking Method with SAR Images for Landslide Displacement Monitoring
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(8), 830; doi:10.3390/rs9080830
Received: 15 July 2017 / Revised: 29 July 2017 / Accepted: 9 August 2017 / Published: 11 August 2017
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With the development of high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems, researchers are increasingly paying attention to the application of SAR offset tracking methods in ground deformation estimation. The traditional normalized cross correlation (NCC) tracking method is based on regular matching windows. For areas
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With the development of high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems, researchers are increasingly paying attention to the application of SAR offset tracking methods in ground deformation estimation. The traditional normalized cross correlation (NCC) tracking method is based on regular matching windows. For areas with different moving characteristics, especially the landslide boundary areas, the NCC method will produce incorrect results. This is because in landslide boundary areas, the pixels of the regular matching window include two or more types of moving characteristics: some pixels with large displacement, and others with small or no displacement. These two kinds of pixels are uncorrelated, which result in inaccurate estimations. This paper proposes a new offset tracking method with SAR images based on the adaptive matching window to improve the accuracy of landslide displacement estimation. The proposed method generates an adaptive matching window that only contains pixels with similar moving characteristics. Three SAR images acquired by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) system are selected to estimate the surface deformation of the Slumgullion landslide located in the southwestern Colorado, USA. The results show that the proposed method has higher accuracy than the traditional NCC method, especially in landslide boundary areas. Furthermore, it can obtain more detailed displacement information in landslide boundary areas. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Radar Interferometry for Geohazards)

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