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Special Issue "Monitoring of Active Deformation Areas: A Role for Synthetic Aperture Radar"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
There is globally widespread active deformation caused by natural and anthropogenic processes. Earthquakes and volcanisms are two well-known natural geohazards that dislocate the subsurface and surface as a part of geophysical tectonic processes. In addition to those, many people are living adjacent to areas susceptible to landslides and flooding during wet seasons. Moreover, humans themselves induce deformation; land subsidence in arid areas due to the intensive groundwater withdrawal, surface uplift caused by fluid injection, and sinkhole occurrence resulting from mismanagement of water resources. It is crucial to monitor the active deformation for mitigating its consequences; i.e., damages to the infrastructures (roads, railroads, pipelines), fatalities, and property losses.
Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is a unique day-and-night sensor to image the ground surface experiencing deformation at a large and small spatial scale. SAR interferometry (InSAR) is a popularly used technique to quantify ground shift and assess the active deformation through exploiting phase information. Offset tracking using the correlation of SAR intensity is also a useful geodetic method to supplement or enhance the phase analysis in deformation monitoring.
This Special Issue will gather original research articles, reviews, technical notes, and letters to redeem a role of SAR in monitoring active deformation areas that helps to mitigate the hazards and support decision processes of authorities. Research studies are not limited to the single use of SAR images, but the synergetic use with other sensors (i.e., LiDAR, optical images, field survey) is also welcome. Studies related to large-scale (>50 km wide) mapping and in-depth analysis with SAR imagery are preferred, but small-scale mapping related to natural and anthropogenic disturbance is also encouraged.
Dr. Jin-Woo Kim
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- Deformation monitoring
- Use of SAR
- InSAR and offset tracking
- Natural and anthropogenic hazards
- Large-scale and small-scale mapping
- Deformation mechanism and modeling