HIGH RESOLUTION DEFORMATION TIME SERIES ESTIMATION FOR DISTRIBUTED SCATTERERS USING TERRASAR-X DATA
Keywords: Deformation Time Series, Differential SAR Interferometry, Distributed Scatterer (DS), High Resolution SAR, TerraSAR-X
Abstract. In recent years, several SAR satellites such as TerraSAR-X, COSMO-SkyMed and Radarsat-2 have been launched. These satellites provide high resolution data suitable for sophisticated interferometric applications. With shorter repeat cycles, smaller orbital tubes and higher bandwidth of the satellites; deformation time series analysis of distributed scatterers (DSs) is now supported by a practical data basis. Techniques for exploiting DSs in non-urban (rural) areas include the Small Baseline Subset Algorithm (SBAS). However, it involves spatial phase unwrapping, and phase unwrapping errors are typically encountered in rural areas and are difficult to detect. In addition, the SBAS technique involves a rectangular multilooking of the differential interferograms to reduce phase noise, resulting in a loss of resolution and superposition of different objects on ground. In this paper, we introduce a new approach for deformation monitoring with a focus on DSs, wherein, there is no need to unwrap the differential interferograms and the deformation is mapped at object resolution. It is based on a robust object adaptive parameter estimation using single look differential interferograms, where, the local tilts of deformation velocity and local slopes of residual DEM in range and azimuth directions are estimated. We present here the technical details and a processing example of this newly developed algorithm.