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Dynamic susceptibility mapping of slow-moving landslides using PSInSAR

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/08/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number19
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)7509-7529
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date16/07/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A landslide susceptibility map (LSM) is a valuable tool for landslide assessment and land use management. This research proposes a landslide susceptibility dynamic map (DLSM) to increase LSM utility and update the predicted map in a time series. Slope units, as basic mapping units, were produced to define the landslide boundaries and simplify the mapping in the DLSM. The permanent scatterer interferometric synthetic aperture radar (PSInSAR) technique was used to estimate the line of sight velocity (V los). This was then reprojected into the velocity in the steepest slope direction (V slope) to avoid the influence of geometric distortion. The DLSM was produced by integrating, using slope unit aggregate values, the susceptibility (probability) of landsliding predicted by logistic regression based on eight spatial covariates and the V slope predicted using the PSInSAR technique. The DLSM is a dynamically changing susceptibility map in which susceptibility is increased in certain months, particularly where surface velocity increases following the rainy season. The proportion of the study area classified with extremely high susceptibility increased from 22.2% to 44.8% after the rainy season. The DLSM, thus, potentially improves the prediction reliability for slow-moving landslides and, in particular, can help to avoid false negatives. The DLSM can be applied in areas for which radar data are available and can provide more reliable and readily interpretable results to decision-makers. © 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.