Probing tectonic processes with space geodesy in the south Carpathians: insights from archive SAR data

Szűcs, Eszter and Bozsó, István and Kovács, István János and Bányai, László and Gál, Ágnes and Wesztergom, Viktor (2018) Probing tectonic processes with space geodesy in the south Carpathians: insights from archive SAR data. ACTA GEODAETICA ET GEOPHYSICA, 53 (3). pp. 331-345. ISSN 2213-5812

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The Carpathian bend is amongst the tectonically most active areas in Europe where intraplate subduction triggers sub- crustal earthquakes releasing significant amount of seismic energy in a well-defined seismic zone. To constrain the deep processes by exploiting their linkage to the surface processes an accurate knowledge of surface deformations is required. Detection of small-magnitude tectonic processes with high reliability is a challenge in which the recent space geodetic techniques may bright a breakthrough. In this study we used the archive ENVISAT data set of the European Space Agency to investigate the feasibility limit of detecting crustal deformations in the region of the south Carpathian bend, where past geodetic observations failed to unravel the tectonic processes with high details. Despite the inherent limitations of radar interferometry our results show that coherent velocity field can be estimated with a magnitude of few mm/year. The vertical displacement field suggests subsidence in the Brasov basin which is in agreement with former studies, however radar interferometry can provide a more detailed picture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: geodynamics; Vrancea; Synthetic aperture radar; ENVISAT;
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE01 Geophysics / geofizika
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 19:53
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 19:53

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