Complementing geotechnical slope stability and land movement analysis using satellite DInSAR

Achilleas Tripolitsiotis, Chrysanthos Steiakakis, Eirini Papadaki, Zacharias Agioutantis, Stelios Mertikas, Panagiotis Partsinevelos

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This paper explores the potential of using satellite radar inteferometry to monitor time-varying land movement prior to any visible tension crack signs. The idea was developed during dedicated geotechnical studies at a large open-pit lignite mine, where large slope movements (10-20 mm/day) were monitored and large fissures were observed in the immediate area outside the current pit limits. In this work, differential interferometry (DInSAR), using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) ALOS images, was applied to monitor the progression of land movement that could potentially thwart mine operations. Early signs of land movements were captured by this technique well before their visual observation. Moreover, a qualitative comparison of DInSAR and ground geodetic measurements indicates that the technique can be used for the identification of high risk areas and, subsequently, for the optimization of the spatial distribution of the available ground monitoring equipment. Finally, quantitative land movement results from DInSAR are shown to be in accordance with simultaneous measurements obtained by ground means.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-66
Number of pages11
JournalCentral European Journal of Geosciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Geotechnical studies
  • Land movement
  • Mine activities
  • Radar interferometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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