Presenting “Advances in InSAR Leading To Continuously Updated Ground Deformation Measurements” at GSA 2017

On Sunday Oct. 22 we are giving a talk on “The Advances In InSAR Leading to Continuously Updated Deformation Measurements” during the GSA 2017 Meeting in Seattle (WA, USA).

gsa-2017-logo ORAL SESSION #59: T242. “Current Trends in Landslide Monitoring: New Techniques, Methods, Successes, Failures, and Case Studies I”
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: The Conference Center, Skagit 5
Date: Sunday, 22 October 2017
Speaker: Giacomo Falorni

Our presentation will focus on new developments in data processing algorithms, in radar satellite systems and how distributed computing are rapidly advancing InSAR to a point where it can now be used for the early detection and warning of impending ground movement. Here we will present at least 2 case studies. One is in British Columbia, Canada, in an area affected by numerous geohazards that include landslides and volcanoes, with research funding from the Canadian Space Agency. It has the objective of developing an algorithm for analyzing time series of displacement and automatically identifying changes in ground movement every time a new satellite image is acquired. A second case study regards the May 2017 Mud Creek landslide in California that closed Highway 1 indefinitely. InSAR shows that an acceleration of the landslide was visible over 1 year earlier and identifies several other areas of potential instability along the highway.

The GSA 2017 Meeting provides an excellent opportunity for members of the scientific and professional communities to exchange ideas and knowledge. The Pacific Northwest provides great opportunities to experience the richness, diversity, and deep scientific understanding of the geosciences in their full splendor first-hand through 24 field trips, participating in our 25 short courses, and a near-record 257 Topical Sessions nested within 31 geoscience disciplines.