Recent landslide movement in Tsaoling, Taiwan tracked by TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X DEM time series

Yanan Du, Qiang Xu, Lei Zhang, Guangcai Feng, Zhiwei Li, Rou Fei Chen, Ching Weei Lin

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The Tsaoling Landslide in Taiwan has captured attentions of researchers worldwide due to its frequent catastrophic failure and distinctive features. Thanks to the launch of TerraSAR-X/ TanDEM-X (TSX/TDX) constellation, retrieval of global DEM with high spatial resolution and accuracy becomes possible, which is extremely useful for the study of natural hazards (e.g., landslides) globally. We attempt here for the first time to track recent landslide movements in Tsaoling Taiwan by analyzing DEM time series reconstructed from TSX/TDX image pairs. Quality improvement of InSAR derived DEM through an iterated differential operation is addressed during the data processing. Five cliffs and the Chingshui River are selected to determine the spatial pattern of morphologic changes of the landslide. The results show that: (a) A large amount of collapses occurred on dip slopes in the period from 2011 to 2014 and on surrounding debris deposits during the rainy seasons; (b) The average recession rate of the Chunqui Cliff decreased from 24.4 m/yr to 19.6 m/yr compared with the result between 1999 and 2009; (c) The Tsaoling Landslide has lost 6.90 × 106 m3 of soil from November of 2011 to April of 2014, which shows a positive correlation of 0.853 with rainfall; (d) The Chingshui River is undergoing a gradual bed erosion with a volumes of 1.84 × 106 m3.

Original languageEnglish
Article number353
JournalRemote Sensing
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1

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TanDEM-X
TerraSAR-X
digital elevation model
landslide
time series
cliff
natural hazard
river
dip
spatial resolution
erosion
rainfall
soil

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Du, Yanan ; Xu, Qiang ; Zhang, Lei ; Feng, Guangcai ; Li, Zhiwei ; Chen, Rou Fei ; Lin, Ching Weei. / Recent landslide movement in Tsaoling, Taiwan tracked by TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X DEM time series. In: Remote Sensing. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 4.
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