JDR Vol.12 No.3 pp. 515-525
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2017.p0515

Survey Report:

Basic Investigation of Displacement Monitoring of Dams Following Earthquakes Based on SAR Satellite Data

Hiroyuki Sato*,†, Takashi Sasaki*, Masafumi Kondo*, Toshihide Kobori*, Aoi Onodera**, Kazuo Yoshikawa***, Daisuke Sango***, and Yasunari Morita***

*River Department, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure management (NILIM),
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
1 Asahi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Corresponding author

**Narusegawa Comprehensive Development Office of Construction, Tohoku Regional Development Bureau,
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Ibaraki, Japan

***GEOINT Department Satellite Business Division, PASCO CORPORATION, Tokyo, Japan

September 6, 2016
May 19, 2017
Online released:
May 29, 2017
June 1, 2017
dam, monitoring, SAR, earthquake

This paper presents a basic investigation of the displacement monitoring of dams following earthquakes using data obtained from an SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite with the goal of quickly assessing the damage status. As an SAR satellite does not require ground-based measurement instruments, it can carry out displacement monitoring of an entire dam body surface and can acquire data without being affected by weather conditions. This means that SAR satellites can be relied upon to contribute to displacement monitoring of dams in the aftermath of earthquakes as well as during normal operations. In this paper, we conduct a basic study for the displacement monitoring of a dam following an earthquake using data from an SAR satellite, and we report the results of a basic investigation of the assessment of the damage status of a dam following the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.

Cite this article as:
H. Sato, T. Sasaki, M. Kondo, T. Kobori, A. Onodera, K. Yoshikawa, D. Sango, and Y. Morita, “Basic Investigation of Displacement Monitoring of Dams Following Earthquakes Based on SAR Satellite Data,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.12, No.3, pp. 515-525, 2017.
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