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Title: Pre co and post rockslide analysis with ALOS/PALSAR imagery : a case study of the Jiweishan rockslide, China
Authors: Zhao, C
Zhang, Q
Yin, Y
Lu, Z
Yang, C
Zhu W 
Li, B
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Copemicus Gesellschaften
Source: Natural hazards and earth system sciences, 2013, v. 13, no. 11, p. 2851-2861 How to cite?
Journal: Natural hazards and earth system sciences 
Abstract: On 5 June 2009, a catastrophic rockslide debris flow occurred at the crest of the Jiweishan range, Chongqing Municipality, China, killing 74 people and injuring an additional eight. We use L-band ALOS/PALSAR imagery to address landslide processes before, during and after the slide. We employ three different SAR methods, i.e., short baseline subsets (SBAS) interferometric SAR (InSAR), SAR backscattering intensity change, and InSAR stacking algorithm, to study any ground deformation before the rockslide, investigate the affected area, and calculate the topographic change by this slide, respectively. First, continuous deformation has been observed based on the available ALOS/PALSAR InSAR imagery during June and December 2007. Second, the area affected by the landslide can be inferred based on changes in SAR backscattering intensity as well as surface topography, with an estimated area of 0.47 million m2. Last, an InSAR-derived post-slide digital elevation model has allowed us to estimate surface height changes due to the slide, reaching about -80 m at the source region and about 60 m in the deposit region, respectively. Our InSAR-derived estimates have been validated using in situ data and 3-D lidar measurements.
ISSN: 1561-8633
EISSN: 1684-9981
DOI: 10.5194/nhess-13-2851-2013
Rights: © Author(s) 2013. CC Attribution 3.0 License (
The following publication Zhao, C., Zhang, Q., Yin, Y., Lu, Z., Yang, C., Zhu, W., & Li, B. (2013). Pre co and post rockslide analysis with ALOS/PALSAR imagery: A case study of the Jiweishan rockslide, China. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13(11), 2851-2861 is available at
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