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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2021, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 320-324

Deformations of the Baikal-Amur Railway section at the Severomuisk tunnel: Results of persistent scatterer interferometry using Sentinel-1 data

T.N. Chimitdorzhiev 1 , A.V. Dmitriev 1 , P.N. Dagurov 1 
1 Institute of Physical Materials Science SB RAS, Ulan-Ude, Russia
Accepted: 01.07.2021
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2021-18-3-320-324
Surface deformations on the section of the Baikal-Amur Railway in the area of the Severomuisk tunnel were found. The measurements were carried out by the remote sensing technique called Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI). We used multi temporal data of the Sentinel-1 synthetic aperture space radar from 2017 to 2020. The spatial baselines between the orbits of the satellite did not exceed ±90 m, and the time baselines were 12–732 days relative to the reference master image obtained on 03.06.2019. Data from snowless periods were used to eliminate phase errors caused by the snow cover and frost heaving of the soil. Thirty two Sentinel-1B images were used in IW mode. A map of persistent scatterers describing the rate of surface deformation is obtained for the studied area. The maximum deformations rates detected by the persistent scatterers technique is equal to 27 mm/year along the radar line of sight.
Keywords: railway deformations, radar interferometry, persistent scatterers
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