Interpreting results from S1/A DinSAR

I have generated displacements from S1/A repeat pass (~ 2 weeks interval) using 2 pass method. Using the phase to displacement tool, it yields LOS displacements which can be converted to vertical displacements using incidence angle.

From the resulting displacement map, it appears that the values are large (cm level deformations). Previous literature observed mm-level deformations per year. So it seems my results are unreasonably large.

From this, I have a few questions

  1. Is it wrong to using incidence angle to convert to vertical displacement? Considering that the incidence angle are about 41 to 45 degrees for S1/A, they might be less sensitive to vertical displacements

  2. For displacement maps, am I supposed to use a pair of images with Bperp that is <5 m?

  3. I have read that the displacements are ‘relative’. In this, I am not sure what it means. I understand displacements are relative based on the MASTER image, is that what this mean?

  4. Am I supposed to rely on GPS measurements to correct my insar results? (in order to obtain the mm-level results reported in literature)

  5. How can I combine results from ascending and descending to get a true vertical motion?

I couldn’t get my head around the values of displacement that I’m getting. Would greatly appreciate any help here.

Thanks and have a good day,
Ben

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You are probably seeing the effect of the atmosphere, i.e. atmospheric artifacts. It is unrealistic to think that you can detect a deformation that is 1/25th of “millimeters” in a two week interval. For small signals you would need to do Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) - in the future you can use the S1TBX to do the pre-processing for PSI.

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  1. Is it wrong to using incidence angle to convert to vertical displacement? Considering that the incidence angle are about 41 to 45 degrees for S1/A, they might be less sensitive to vertical displacements
    To obtain the vertical motion/displacement you need to combine ascending and descending SAR measurements.

  2. For displacement maps, am I supposed to use a pair of images with Bperp that is <5 m?
    In principal, Smaller Bpepr reduce sensitivity to topography and so less residual topo phases and more accurate displacement estimates.

  3. I have read that the displacements are ‘relative’. In this, I am
    not sure what it means. I understand displacements are relative based on
    the MASTER image, is that what this mean?
    DInSAR measurements express the differences between two dates. Values are relative within the interferogram. You need to select an area to consider as “stable” (displacement put to zero).

  4. Am I supposed to rely on GPS measurements to correct my insar
    results? (in order to obtain the mm-level results reported in
    literature)
    Integration of InSAR and GPS is not straightforward, you need to review the literature on that matter. To get accuracy of mm.level from InSAR more sofisticated techniques should be applied (see mengdahl responce).

  5. How can I combine results from ascending and descending to get a true vertical motion?
    Addressed before.

*I would recommend to go through the ESA InSAR handbook (http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESA_Publications/InSAR_Principles_Guidelines_for_SAR_Interferometry_Processing_and_Interpretation_br_ESA_TM-19) *

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mengdahl,

For a long term displacement, would it be better to use a pair of images with longer temporal baseline? Would that make more sense?

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mfoumelis,

Thanks for the reply to my questions. I have a clearer picture now.

I assume there is no straightforward way to do the combination of asc/desc results in SNAP at the moment?

Yes it’s better to use a longer temporal baseline provided that the scene stays coherent (normally it doesn’t). Another option is to take a large number of pairs with a short temporal baseline and average the measured displacements - this way the atmospheric/ionospheric artifacts will be reduced (as they are mostly random). Still, without a large-stack and PSI-processing (which mitigates atmospheric effects) it’s difficult to detect movement that is only millimeters per year.

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I believe we may consider adding an operator for asc & desc combination in future release. Stay tuned.

mengdahl,

Thank you very much for your advice. Will look to use PSI to do the processing

mfoumelis,

That’s great! Looking forward to that release!

mfoumelis:
Is there already an operator out to do asc & desc processing combination?

Hi all, I did the interferogram for earthquake of Japon, April 15, 2016, with 10.03 m Bperp, this is the result:

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Hi all, displacement map for Santa Catarina do Fogo

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looking good! you done those in SNAP?

Hi Ben, yes, I did this with SNAP.

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Which acquisitions have you used for this displacement map ?

Hi Patrickl, for Santa Catarina do Fogo, I used the images with dates Nov, 03 and Nov, 27 of 2014.

That result is quite different to the one shown in thee tutorial.
Can you detail the steps you took?

Hi JB712

The interferogram in the tutorial is wrapped, this is the displacement map after of unwrapped…

thanks for the quick response.
Did you unwrap using snaphu or another method?

Hi JB712

Yes, I unwrapped using SNAPHU!

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