Estimating the slip rate on the north Tabriz fault (Iran) from InSAR measurements with tropospheric correction using 3D ray tracing technique

Saeid Haji-Aghajany, Behzad Voosoghi, Yazdan Amerian

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Abstract

In this paper, interseismic deformation across the north Tabriz fault (NTF) using 17 ASAR/ENVISAT acquisitions on a single track for the period 2003–2010 have been investigated. One of the main limiting factors on the accuracy of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) measurements comes from phase propagation delays through the troposphere. In order to retrieve millimeter velocities of interseismic deformations, it is necessary to improve the tropospheric corrections and correct interferograms. For this purpose, the 3D ray tracing technique based on eikonal equations has been used to estimate the tropospheric corrections. The corrected InSAR measurements are used to derive the interseismic displacement velocity field of the study area. The obtained velocity field has enabled us to accurately estimate the slip rate and locking depth for the NTF, using a simple elastic dislocation model. The numerical achievements show a slip rate of 5.6 ± 0.15 mm/yr below a locking depth of 14.5 ± 0.67 km for the NTF. Generally, the results of this paper are confirmed by the previous studies of the NTF parameters and some differences are due to this paper applied method for tropospheric corrections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2199-2208
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume64
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 3D ray tracing technique
  • InSAR
  • Locking depth
  • Slip rate
  • Tropospheric delay

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