Long time scale INSAR by means of high coherence features

Stefania Usai*, Ramon Hanssen

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The monitoring of slow deformation processes by means of SAR Interferometry requests the observed area to mantain its correlation for more years. This usually happens only for those areas having particularly favourable characteristics, such as poor vegetation and dry and no windy climate. However, even in an area which decorrelates in a few weeks, a certain number of features has been observed, which appear to mantain high coherence values. The aim of this paper is therefore to investigate to which extent these structures, mainly man-made features, remain coherent on long time scales. For this purpose, a time series in a test area in the Northern Netherlands has been generated, with a maximum temporal extension of 3 1/2 years. Even on such a long time span, a considerable number of highly coherent features has been found. A sample of such features has then been selected and the coherence values have been traced in the whole time series. This technique has revealed to be useful in order to check the "goodness" in terms of coherence of an interferogram: in particular, in this way an interferogram could be identified having generally lower coherence, probably due to different seasonal conditions. Other tests have been performed in order to study the coherence as a function of time and of the baseline length.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Place of PublicationNoordwijk
Number of pages4
Edition414 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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