EGU22-5293, updated on 20 May 2022
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Cross-checking of the nationwide Ground Motion Service (GMS) of Sweden with the previous InSAR-based results: Case studies of Uppsala and Gävle Cities

Faramarz Nilfouroushan1,2, Nureldin Ahmed Adam Gido1, and Mehdi Darvishi3
Faramarz Nilfouroushan et al.
  • 1Geodetic infrastructure, Geodata division, Lantmäteriet, Gävle, Sweden (
  • 2Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden
  • 3Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

The interest for using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) for ground motion detection and monitoring is rapidly increasing, thanks to the Copernicus Senetinel-1 satellites which cover relatively large areas with a 6-days revisit time. Ground motion of many locations, especially urban areas around the world have been studied using Sentienl-1 data and the rate and distribution of the ground movements have been reported. For Sweden, for example, Fryksten and Nilfouroushan (2019) and Gido et al. (2020) studied the active ground subsidence in Uppsala and Gävle cities using the Senetinel-1 data collected between 2015-2020. The Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) technique was used to estimate the subsidence rate and the results were validated with the help of precise levelling data and correlated with the geological observations. Today, fortunately, we have the nationwide GMS of Sweden ( covering almost the entire country, which provides an opportunity to compare and cross-check the results of this new service with previous studies, for example the ones reported for Uppsala and Gävle cities. The temporal coverage of satellite data used for the GMS of Sweden has an overlap with the data used in previous studies for Uppsala and Gävle cities, and the same PSI technique has been used to generate the displacement map and time series.

In this study, we used the previous PSI results of Uppsala and Gävle cities to validate the newly launched nationwide GMS of Sweden. The Line Of Sight (LOS) displacement time-series at some deforming locations  were compared for both PSI-results. Although the number and imaging date of Senetinel-1 data, and the parameters used for PSI processing are not completely the same, the compared results show a good agreement between corresponding studies on the localization and rate of the subsidence in those two cities in last  ~5 years. The validation phase of the new GMS of Sweden is in progress and our study shows the promising results, at least for urban areas in those two cities.  


Fryksten J., Nilfouroushan F., Analysis of Clay-Induced Land Subsidence in Uppsala City Using Sentinel-1 SAR Data and Precise Leveling. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 2764.

Gido N.A.A., Bagherbandi M., Nilfouroushan F., Localized Subsidence Zones in Gävle City Detected by Sentinel-1 PSI and Leveling Data. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2629.

How to cite: Nilfouroushan, F., Gido, N. A. A., and Darvishi, M.: Cross-checking of the nationwide Ground Motion Service (GMS) of Sweden with the previous InSAR-based results: Case studies of Uppsala and Gävle Cities, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-5293,, 2022.

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