Terrestrial Radar Interferometric Measurement of Hillslope Deformation and Atmospheric Disturbances in the Illgraben Debris-Flow Catchment, Switzerland

Caduff, Rafael; Schlunegger, Fritz; Kos, Andrew; McArdell, Brian W.; Wiesmann, Andreas (2014). Terrestrial Radar Interferometric Measurement of Hillslope Deformation and Atmospheric Disturbances in the Illgraben Debris-Flow Catchment, Switzerland. IEEE geoscience and remote sensing letters, 11(2), pp. 434-438. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE 10.1109/LGRS.2013.2264564

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We describe a method for rapid identification and precise quantification of slope deformation using a portable radar interferometer. A rockslide with creep-like behavior was identified in the rugged and inaccessible headwaters of the Illgraben debris-flow catchment, located in the Central Swiss Alps. The estimated volume of the moving rock mass was approximately 0.5 x 10(6) m(3) with a maximum daily (3-D) displacement rate of 3 mm. Fast scene acquisition in the order of 6 s/scene led to uniquely precise mapping of spatial and temporal variability of atmospheric phase delay. Observations led to a simple qualitative model for prediction of atmospheric disturbances using a simple model for solar radiation, which can be used for advanced campaign planning for short observation periods (hours to days).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Caduff, Rafael and Schlunegger, Fritz

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

ISSN:

1545-598X

Publisher:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fritz Schlunegger

Date Deposited:

01 May 2015 15:26

Last Modified:

06 Oct 2015 11:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1109/LGRS.2013.2264564

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.67898

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/67898

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