EGU22-4800, updated on 09 Jan 2024
EGU General Assembly 2022
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A methodology for the analysis of InSAR Time Series for the detection of ground deformation events

Laura Pedretti1, Massimiliano Bordoni1, Valerio Vivaldi1, Silvia Figini2, Matteo Parnigoni3, Alessandra Grossi3, Luca Lanteri4, Mauro Tararbra4, Nicoletta Negro5, and Claudia Meisina1
Laura Pedretti et al.
  • 1University of Pavia, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Pavia, Italy
  • 2University of Pavia, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pavia, Italy
  • 3RES IT s.r.l., Milano, Italy
  • 4ARPA Piemonte, Torino, Italy
  • 5REGIONE PIEMONTE, Torino, Italy

The availability of Sentinel-1 dataset with high-temporal resolution of measures (6-12 days) and long time period, can be considered as a “near-real-time monitoring” since it provides a sampling frequency enough to track the evolution of some ground deformations (e.g. landslides, subsidence) if compared to other sensors. However, the analysis and elaborations of such huge dataset, covering large areas, could be tricky and time-consuming without a first exploitation to identify areas of potential interest for significant ground deformations. The A-InSAR Time Series (TS) interpretation is advantageous to understand the relation between ground movement processes and triggering factors (snow, heavy rainfall), both in areas where it is possible to compare A-InSAR TS with in-situ monitoring instruments, and in areas where in situ instruments are scarce or absent. Exploiting the availability of Sentinel-1 data, this work aims to develop a new methodology ("ONtheMOVE" - InterpolatiON of SAR Time series for the dEtection of ground deforMatiOneVEnts) to classify the trend of TS (uncorrelated, linear, non-linear); to identify breaks in non-linear TS; to provide the descriptive parameters (beginning and end of the break, length in days, cumulative displacement, the average rate of displacement) to characterize the magnitude and timing of changes in ground motion. The methodology has been tested on two Sentinel-1 datasets available from 2014 to 2020 in Piemonte region, in northwestern Italy, an area prone to slow-moving slope instabilities. The methodology can be applied to any type of satellite datasets characterized by low or high-temporal resolution of measures, and it can be tested in any areas to identify any ground instability (slow-moving landslides, subsidence) at local or regional scale. The thresholds used for event detection should be calibrated according to geological and geomorphological processes and characteristics of a specific site or regional site. This innovative methodology provides a supporting and integrated tool with conventional methods for planning and management of the area, furnishing a further validation of the real kinematic behaviour of ground movement processes of each test-site and where it is necessary doing further investigation. In addition, elaboration applied to Sentinel-1 data is helpful both for back analysis and for near real-time monitoring of the territory as regards the characterization and mapping of the kinematics of the ground instabilities, the assessment of susceptibility, hazard and risk.

How to cite: Pedretti, L., Bordoni, M., Vivaldi, V., Figini, S., Parnigoni, M., Grossi, A., Lanteri, L., Tararbra, M., Negro, N., and Meisina, C.: A methodology for the analysis of InSAR Time Series for the detection of ground deformation events, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-4800,, 2022.