Acta Seismologica Sinica

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 759–769

The INSAR technique: its principle and applications to mapping the deformation field of earthquakes

  • Xin-Jian Shan
  • Hong Ye

DOI: 10.1007/s11589-998-0012-z

Cite this article as:
Shan, XJ. & Ye, H. Acta Seimol. Sin. (1998) 11: 759. doi:10.1007/s11589-998-0012-z


The development, state-of-art and prospects of application of the radar remote sensing technique are presented. The principle of the INSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) technique is expounded in more details. Some applications of this technique in measuring seismic dislocations are given. Finally, it is pointed out that INSAR has a non-replaceable application potential in observing ground surface vertical deformations; it would provide an entirely new means and method for monitoring the dynamic field of earthquakes and give an extremely great impetus to the future earthquake prediction work.

Key wrods

radar remote sensingINSAR techniquevertical deformation

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin-Jian Shan
    • 1
  • Hong Ye
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeologyChina Seismological BureauBeijingChina