Landslides in Iceland studied using SAR interferometry

Sigurjón Jónsson*, Kristján Ágústsson

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Landslides and debris flows have caused both fatalities and considerable economic loss in Iceland during the past centuries. In a recently started project we plan to study known landslides in eastern and central-north Iceland using satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) and survey many other slopes in search for other active landslides that may exist. Our initial results show that a landslide in Seyoisfjörour, eastern Iceland, did not move during the summers of 1995 and 1997, despite moving at rates of up to 33 cm/year during 2001-2002. At another location, Vopnafjörour, InSAR reveals movement of a previously unknown landslide. Extensive Envisat acquisitions from both ascending and descending orbits are planned during summers of 2004 and 2005 to better study the current landslide activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number607
Pages (from-to)739-742
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number572
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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