A Sentinel-1-based clustering analysis for geo-hazards mitigation at regional scale: a case study in Central Italy

Roberto Montalti, Lorenzo Solari, Silvia Bianchini, Matteo Del Soldato, Federico Raspini, Nicola Casagli
2019 Geomatics, Natural Hazards & Risk  
In the last decade satellite remote sensing has become an effective tool for monitoring geo-hazard-induced ground motions, and has been increasingly used by the scientific community. Direct and indirect costs due to geo-hazards are currently rising, causing serious socio-economics and casualty losses. Therefore, creating a priority list turns out to be essential to highlight the most relevant ground deformations and to better focus risk management practices at regional scale. The Sentinel-1
more » ... tellation, thanks to the 6-days repeatability and the free availability of the data, allows to easily update the geo-hazard-induced ground motions, compared to other kind of satellite sensors. In this work, a hotspot-like method is presented by filtering a large stack of Sentinel-1 images processed by means of the SqueeSAR algorithm. Three periods, with six months repetitiveness, have been analysed in order to evaluate the behaviour and evolution of deformation clusters. The target area is Tuscany Region, located in the central part of Italy and affected by a wide gamma of geohazards, ranging from landslides to large subsidence areas. The final output is a geo-database of ground motions that can be used by regional authorities to prioritize and to effectively plan local risk reduction actions. ARTICLE HISTORY
doi:10.1080/19475705.2019.1690058 fatcat:li2nmlxtlzgctg477wnmtdkoue