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Summary of Proposal GEO1916

TitleRemote Sensing Based Process Monitoring and Hazard Assessment
Investigator Motagh, Mahdi - Helmholtz Center Potsdam, GFZ, Geodesy and Remote Sensing
Team Member
M.SC. Lubitz, Christin - Helmholtz Center Potsdam, GFZ, Geodesy and Remote Sensing
Dr. Li, Zhenhong - University of Glasgow, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Mr. Haghshenas Haghighi, Mahmud - Helmholtz Center Potsdam, GFZ, Geodesy and Remote Sensing
Prof. Nahavandchi, Hossein - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Civil and Transport Engineering
SummaryIn this project we attempt to improve the geodetic imaging of surface deformation phenomena and our understanding of their related processes by using high-resolution TSX data. The applied objective is to develop spatially explicit, cost-effective remote sensing methods that are suitable for generating an improved process understanding as the basis for advanced Geo-hazard assessment. Our regional focus will be targets in Iran and China including 5 landslides in Iran, 3 cities in China and 6 cities and aquifer plains in Iran that are subject to significant (> 10 cm/yr) land subsidence. Methodological developments will focus on the synergy between high-resolution radar data and optical data to study, detect and quantify ground surface changes in areas of active deformation. Our aim is to enhance the understanding of geo-dynamical and hydrological processes by fully exploiting past (ERS,ALOS/PALSAR), current (TerraSAR-X) and planned (Sentinel-1) SAR satellite missions and developing recommendations and concepts for future missions. Our research in China is done in collaboration with Dr. Zhenhong Li from University of Glasgow. Our research is Iran is done by Mahdi Motagh and Mr. Mahmud Haghshenas Haghighi, a PhD student who has been funded by HGF Allianz and will start his work at GFZ as of January 2014.

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