Assessment of landslide susceptibility in Structurally Complex Formations by integration of different A-DInSAR techniques

Alessandro Novellino
<span title="">2015</span>
Instability events are recurring phenomena in Southern Italy due to its geological history and tectonic-geomorphological evolution leading to the occurrence of several formations identified as Structurally Complex Formations (SCFs; Esu, 1977) in a territory mainly composed of densely populated areas also in mountainous and hilly regions. SCFs are clay-dominant terrains that, usually, give origin from very-slow to extremely-slow phenomena (Cruden and Varnes, 1996) with a long evolutionary
more &raquo; ... made up of multiple reactivations that makes difficult their identification, monitoring and susceptibility evaluation. The study has been carried out from point-wise (Bisaccia, Costa della Gaveta and Nerano cases) to wide areas (Palermo province case) where crops out SCFs as the Termini sandstones Formation (CARG, 2011), the Varicoloured Clays of Calaggio Formation (Ciaranfi et al., 1973), the Varicoloured Clays Unit (Mattioni et al., 2006) the Sicilide Unit (Vitale and Ciarcia, 2013 and references therein), the Numidian Flysch (Johansson et al., 1998) and the Corleone Calcarenites (Catalano R. et al., 2002). The aim of this thesis is to produce updated Landslide Inventory Maps and, whenever possible, Landslide Susceptibility Maps following a new approach during the landslide mapping and landslide monitoring stages. The Landslide Inventory Maps have taken into account the combination of geological, geomorphological, and stereoscopic surveys, as well as engineering geological investigations, namely conventional techniques. In addition innovative Advanced-Differential Interferometry Synthetic Aperture Radar (A-DInSAR) techniques have been used: the Coherent Pixels Technique – CPT (Mora et al., 2003; Blanco et al., 2008), the Intermittent Small BAseline Subset – ISBAS (Sowter et al., 2013) and the Ground-Based Synthetic Aperture Radar. Finally, the Weight of Evidence method (van Westen, 1993) has been chosen to generate the Landslide Susceptibility Maps only for the point-wise studies. In the case of Nerano (Province of Nap [...]
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