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A general framework and related procedures for multiscale analyses of DInSAR data in subsiding urban areas

Peduto, Dario, Cascini, Leonardo, Arena, Livia, Ferlisi, Settimio, Fornaro, Gianfranco, Reale, Diego
ISPRS journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing 2015 v.105 pp. 186-210
case studies, experts, monitoring, subsidence, synthetic aperture radar, urban areas, Italy
In the last decade Differential Synthetic Aperture Radar (DInSAR) data were successfully tested in a number of case studies for the detection, mapping and monitoring of ground displacements associated with natural or anthropogenic phenomena. More recently, several national and regional projects all around the world provided rich data archives whose confident use, however, should rely on multidisciplinary experts in order to avoid misleading interpretations. To this aim, the present work first introduces a general framework for the use of DInSAR data; then, focusing on the analysis of subsidence phenomena and the related consequences to the exposed facilities, a set of original procedures is proposed. By drawing a multiscale approach the study highlights the different goals to be pursued at different scales of analysis via high/very high resolution SAR sensors and presents the results with reference to the case study of the Campania region (southern Italy) where widespread ground displacements occurred and damages of different severity were recorded.