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Land Subsidence mapping with Sentinel-1

In this webinar, you will learn how to use SAR interferometry (InSAR) to identify and map land subsidence using the ESA SNAP Sentinel-1 Toolbox. We will show you how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyze and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites.


Land subsidence in Mexico City caused by groundwater over-exploitation is estimated to be more than 9 meters over the last century, resulting in damages to buildings, streets, sidewalks, sewers, storm water drains and other infrastructure.

Previous studies of SAR Interferometry using ERS data showed a maximum subsidence rate larger than 30 cm/year in some parts of the city. Because the city is partially built on the area of a former lake (Lago Texcoco), it rests on the heavily saturated clay, which is collapsing due to the over-extraction of groundwater.
Current subsidence rates using Sentinel-1 SAR data approximate 2.5 cm/month. InSAR is an effective method that allows monitoring of ground displacement over large areas, giving us insight to the spatial distribution of the subsidence rates.

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Intermediate experience in Remote Sensing




1 hour + 20 minutes for Q&A

Training time

14:00 - 15:30 CEST

Training date

Thursday 14th of June 2018

Max. no. participants



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