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Diverse deformation patterns of Aleutian volcanoes from InSAR

January 1, 2008

Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) is capable of measuring ground-surface deformation with centimeter-to-subcentimeter precision at a spatial resolution of tens of meters over an area of hundreds to thousands of square kilometers. With its global coverage and all-weather imaging capability, InSAR has become an increasingly important measurement technique for constraining magma dynamics of volcanoes over remote regions such as the Aleutian Islands. The spatial pattern of surface deformation data derived from InSAR images enables the construction of detailed mechanical models to enhance the study of magmatic processes. This paper summarizes the diverse deformation patterns of the Aleutian volcanoes observed with InSAR and demonstrates that deformation patterns and associated magma supply mechanisms in the Aleutians are diverse and vary between volcanoes. These findings provide a basis for improved models and better understanding of magmatic plumbing systems.

Publication Year 2008
Title Diverse deformation patterns of Aleutian volcanoes from InSAR
Authors Z. Lu, D. Dzurisin, C. Wicks, J. Power
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70009727
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse