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Remote 3D Mapping and GB-InSAR Monitoring of the Calatabiano Landslide (Southern Italy)

Abstract

On October 24th 2015, following a period of heavy rainfall, a landslide triggered in the Calatabiano Municipality (Sicily Island, Southern Italy) causing the rupture of a water pipeline transect of the aqueduct supplying water to the city of Messina. This event, caused critical water shortages for several days to a large part of the city inhabitants. In order to restore the city water supplies, a provisional by-pass, consisting of three 350 m long pipes passing through the landslide area, was carried out. On November 11th 2015, a landslide monitoring system was installed, based on the combined use of advanced remote sensing techniques such as Ground-Based Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (GB-InSAR), Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Infrared Thermography (IRT). The installed monitoring system allowed to: (i) analyze the landslide geomorphological and kinematic features in order to assess the landslide residual risk; (ii) support the early warning procedures needed to ensure the safety of the personnel involved in the by-pass realization and the landslide stabilization works. In this work, the preliminary results of the monitoring activities and a 3-D mapping of the landslide area are presented.

Keywords

  • GB-InSAR
  • Laser scanning
  • Infrared thermography
  • Landslide

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The authors would like to thank the National Department of Civil Protection (DPC) for its support during the post-landslide emergency phase. The GB-InSAR apparatus used in this application was designed and produced by Ellegi s.r.l. and based on the proprietary technology GB-InSAR LiSALAB derived from the evolution and improvement of LiSA technology licensed by the Ispra Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

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Nolesini, T. et al. (2017). Remote 3D Mapping and GB-InSAR Monitoring of the Calatabiano Landslide (Southern Italy). In: Mikoš, M., Arbanas, Ž., Yin, Y., Sassa, K. (eds) Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides. WLF 2017. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-53487-9_31

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