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Landslide Displacement Monitoring with Split-Bandwidth Interferometry: A Case Study of the Shuping Landslide in the Three Gorges Area

Faculty of Information Engineering, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan 430074, China
Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, 9 Wenyuan Road, Nanjing 210023, China
State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
Collaborative Innovation Center for Geospatial Technology, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Academic Editors: Salvatore Stramondo and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(9), 937;
Received: 3 August 2017 / Revised: 27 August 2017 / Accepted: 8 September 2017 / Published: 10 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in SAR: Sensors, Methodologies, and Applications)
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Landslides constitute a major threat to people’s lives and property in mountainous regions such, as in the Three Gorges area in China. Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) with its wide coverage and unprecedented displacement measuring capabilities has been widely used in landslide monitoring. However, it is difficult to apply traditional InSAR techniques to investigate landslides having large deformation gradients or moving primarily in north-south direction. In this study, we propose a time series split-bandwidth interferometry (SBI) procedure to measure two dimensional (azimuth and range) displacements of the Shuping landslide in the Three Gorges area with 36 TerraSAR-X high resolution spotlight (HS) images acquired from February 2009 to April 2010. Since the phase based SBI procedure is sensitive to noise, we focused on extracting displacements of corner reflectors (CRs) installed on or surrounding the Shuping landslide. Our results agreed well with measurements obtained by the point-like targets offset tracking (PTOT) technique and in-situ GPS stations. Centimeter level accuracy could be achieved with SBI on CRs which shows great potential in futures studies on fast moving geohazards. View Full-Text
Keywords: landslide; the Three Gorges; corner reflector; split-bandwidth interferometry landslide; the Three Gorges; corner reflector; split-bandwidth interferometry

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Shi, X.; Jiang, H.; Zhang, L.; Liao, M. Landslide Displacement Monitoring with Split-Bandwidth Interferometry: A Case Study of the Shuping Landslide in the Three Gorges Area. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 937.

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