Monitoring slope based on SAR-interferometric technique and ground measurement

J. Habibah Lateh, Yrjö Rauste

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    The objective of this research was to map centimeter-scale soil movements on slopes that are prone to landslides. These small movements can be used as possible signs of an approaching larger landslide or rock fall. Two methods were used: an interferometric technique using TerraSAR-X data and a ground based technique with a theodolite and prisms. The study area - in a mountainous area - is characterized by high annual rain fall. TerraSAR-X is space-borne synthetic aperture radar operating in 3-cm wavelength. The TerraSAR-X dataset consisted of a sequence of 5 scenes. A soil movement of 1.55 cm was mapped with the interferometric technique in a broken nail-stabilized slope area. The corresponding movement (between 12 and 23 January 2009) by theodolite measurement was 2.65 cm. The interferometric technique measured the movement of a larger area while the theodolite measurement was a point measurement, which may explain part of the differences. More reliable theodolite measurements are preferred in areas with easy access while interferometric techniques can also be used in inaccessible areas.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnvironment science and engineering
    Subtitle of host publicationSelected, peer reviewed papers from the 2011 International Conference on Environment Science and Engineering (ICESE 2011)
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-9776-8, 978-1-4244-9778-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Environment Science and Engineering, ICESE 2011 - Bali Island, Indonesia
    Duration: 1 Apr 20113 Apr 2011


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Environment Science and Engineering, ICESE 2011
    CityBali Island


    • landslide
    • radar
    • ground monitoring


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