Measuring Coseismic Deformation With Spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar: A Review

John Peter Merryman Boncori*

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    In the past 25 years, space-borne Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery has become an increasingly available data source for the study of crustal deformation associated with moderate to large earthquakes (M > 4.0). Coseismic surface deformation can be measured with several well-established techniques, the applicability of which depends on the ground displacement pattern, on several radar parameters, and on the surface properties at the time of the radar acquisitions. The state-of-the-art concerning the measurement techniques is reviewed, and their application to over 100 case-studies since the launch of the Sentinel-1a satellite is discussed, including the performance of the different methods and the data processing aspects, which still constitute topics of ongoing research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number16
    JournalFrontiers in Earth Science
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Crustal deformation
    • Earthquakes
    • Satellite
    • Radar
    • Interferometry
    • SAR
    • InSAR


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