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Ground Stability Monitoring of Undermined and Landslide Prone Areas by Means of Sentinel-1 Multi-Temporal InSAR, Case Study from Slovakia

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Department of Theoretical Geodesy, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Slovak University of Technology, Radlinskeho 11, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
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insar.sk s.r.o., Lesna 35, 080 01 Presov, Slovak Republic
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State Geological Institute of Dionyz Stur, Department of Engineering Geology, Mlynska dolina 1, 841 03 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
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Geosciences 2017, 7(3), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences7030087
Received: 14 July 2017 / Revised: 1 September 2017 / Accepted: 8 September 2017 / Published: 15 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Observing Geohazards from Space)
Multi-temporal synthetic aperture radar interferometry techniques (MT-InSAR) are nowadays a well-developed remote sensing tool for ground stability monitoring of areas afflicted by natural hazards. Its application capability has recently been emphasized by the Sentinel-1 satellite mission, providing extensive spatial coverage, regular temporal sampling and free data availability. We perform MT-InSAR analysis over the wider Upper Nitra region in Slovakia, utilizing all Sentinel-1 images acquired since November 2014 until March 2017. This region is notable for its extensive landslide susceptibility as well as intensive brown coal mining. We focus on two case studies, being impaired by recent activation of these geohazards, which caused serious damage to local structures. We incorporate a processing chain based on open-source tools, combining the current Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP) and Stanford Method for Persistent Scatterers (StaMPS) implementation. MT-InSAR results reveal substantial activity at both case studies, exceeding the annual displacement velocities of 30 mm/year. Moreover, our observations are validated and their accuracy is confirmed via comparison with ground truth data from borehole inclinometers and terrestrial levelling. Detected displacement time series provide valuable insight into the spatio-temporal evolution of corresponding deformation phenomena and are thus complementary to conventional terrestrial monitoring techniques. At the same time, they not only demonstrate the feasibility of MT-InSAR for the assessment of remediation works, but also constitute the possibility of operational monitoring and routine landslide inventory updates, regarding the free Sentinel-1 data. View Full-Text
Keywords: Multi-Temporal InSAR, Sentinel-1; slope deformation; landslide; land subsidence; undermining Multi-Temporal InSAR, Sentinel-1; slope deformation; landslide; land subsidence; undermining
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Czikhardt, R.; Papco, J.; Bakon, M.; Liscak, P.; Ondrejka, P.; Zlocha, M. Ground Stability Monitoring of Undermined and Landslide Prone Areas by Means of Sentinel-1 Multi-Temporal InSAR, Case Study from Slovakia. Geosciences 2017, 7, 87.

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