Interferometric synthetic-aperture radar (InSAR)

  • Daniel Dzurisin
  • Zhong Lu
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Geodesists are, for the most part, a patient and hardworking lot. A day spent hiking to a distant peak, hours spent waiting for clouds to clear a line-of-sight between observation points, weeks spent moving methodically along a level line — such is the normal pulse of the geodetic profession. The fruits of such labors are all the more precious because they are so scarce. A good day spent with an electronic distance meter (EDM) or level typically produces fewer than a dozen data points. A year of tiltmeter output sampled at ten-minute intervals constitutes less than half a megabyte of data. All of the leveling data ever collected at Yellowstone Caldera fit comfortably on a single PC diskette! These quantities are trivial by modern datastorage standards, in spite of the considerable efforts expended to produce them.


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    SRTM’s primary objective was to produce a worldwide DEM with I arc-second (~30 m) spatial resolution, 16 m absolute height accuracy, and 10 m relative height accuracy (Farr and Kobrick, 2000). Plans to distribute global SRTM data were sharply curtailed after II September 2001 for reasons of US national security. SRTM data with 30 m spatial resolution are currently available for the US, and with 90 m resolution for all of North America and South America. Data for other continents will follow. Portions of the 30 m dataset outside of the US are available for scientific applications by special request. SRTM DEM data can be accessed at
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  • Zhong Lu

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