The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XLI-B4
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B4, 763–766, 2016
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B4, 763–766, 2016

  14 Jun 2016

14 Jun 2016


Zhenhong Li1, Tim Wright2, Andrew Hooper2, Paola Crippa1, Pablo Gonzalez2, Richard Walters3, John Elliott4, Susanna Ebmeier5, Emma Hatton2, and Barry Parsons4 Zhenhong Li et al.
  • 1COMET, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU UK
  • 2COMET, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
  • 3COMET, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
  • 4COMET, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3AN, UK
  • 5COMET, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK

Keywords: Sentinel-1, TOPS, InSAR, ECMWF, Tectonics, Volcanoes

Abstract. Sentinel-1A was launched in April 2014, and has been collecting data routinely over more than one year. Sentinel-1B is set for launch on 22 April 2016. The Sentinel-1 constellation has several advantages over previous radar missions for InSAR applications: (1) Data are being acquired systematically for tectonic and volcanic areas, (2) Images cover a wide footprint, 250 km from near to far range in Interferometric Wide Swath (TOPS) mode, (3) Small perpendicular and temporal baselines greatly improve interferometric coherence at C-band, (4) Data are freely available to all users, (5) The mission is planned to be operational for 20 years, with 1C and 1D planned for future launches. These features enable us to map geological processes occurring in any place at anytime using InSAR.

We will review progress within COMET towards our ultimate goal of building a fully-automated processing system that provides deformation results and derived products to the wide InSAR and Geophysics communities. In addition to high-resolution-ECMWFbased atmospheric correction model, we will show results of a systematic analysis of interferometric coherence in tectonic and volcanic areas, and discuss the future goals and timeline for the COMET InSAR automated processing system.