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Volume 14, issue 7 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 1835-1841, 2014
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Brief communication 25 Jul 2014

Brief communication | 25 Jul 2014

Brief Communication: Rapid mapping of landslide events: the 3 December 2013 Montescaglioso landslide, Italy

A. Manconi1, F. Casu2, F. Ardizzone4, M. Bonano2, M. Cardinali4, C. De Luca2,3, E. Gueguen5, I. Marchesini4, M. Parise6, C. Vennari6, R. Lanari2, and F. Guzzetti4 A. Manconi et al.
  • 1CNR IRPI, Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Turin, Italy
  • 2CNR IREA, Via Diocleziano 328, 80124 Naples, Italy
  • 3Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80124 Naples, Italy
  • 4CNR IRPI, Via della Madonna Alta 126, 06128 Perugia, Italy
  • 5CNR IMAA, C.da Santa Loja, Tito Scalo, 85050 Potenza, Italy
  • 6CNR IRPI, Via Amendola, 122/I, 70126 Bari, Italy

Abstract. We present an approach to measure 3-D surface deformations caused by large, rapid-moving landslides using the amplitude information of high-resolution, X-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. We exploit SAR data captured by the COSMO-SkyMed satellites to measure the deformation produced by the 3 December 2013 Montescaglioso landslide, southern Italy. The deformation produced by the deep-seated landslide exceeded 10 m and caused the disruption of a main road, a few homes and commercial buildings. The results open up the possibility of obtaining 3-D surface deformation maps shortly after the occurrence of large, rapid-moving landslides using high-resolution SAR data.

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