Phase-ramp reduction in interseismic interferograms from pixel-offsets

Teng Wang, Sigurjon Jonsson

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Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) is increasingly used to measure interseismic deformation. Inaccurate satellite-orbit information, expressed as phase ramps across interseismic interferograms, is believed to be one of the main sources of error in such measurements. However, many interferograms exhibit higher phase gradients than expected from the reported orbital accuracy, suggesting that there are other error sources. Here, we show that interferogram phase ramps are in part caused by uncorrected satellite timing-parameter errors. We propose a two-step approach to reduce the phase ramps using pixel-offsets estimated between SAR amplitude images. The first step involves using a digital elevation model (DEM) to estimate absolute timing-parameter errors for the reference image of the SAR dataset and the second step updates the timing parameters of the master image for each interferogram. We demonstrate a clear ramp reduction on interseismic interferograms covering the North Anatolian Fault in eastern Turkey. The resulting interferograms show clear signs of interseismic deformation even before stacking. © 2014 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1709-1718
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The Envisat data used in this paper were provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) through category-1 project 6703. We thank three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Atmospheric Science


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