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Episodic deformation at Changbaishan Tianchi volcano, northeast China during 2004 to 2010, observed by persistent scatterer interferometric synthetic aperture radar
Author(s): Lingyun Ji; Jiandong Xu; Qingliang Wang; Yuan Wan

Paper Abstract

Based on ENVISAT ASAR images taken from 2004 to 2010, we obtain the deformation time series of the Changbaishan Tianchi volcano by using persistent scatterer interferometric synthetic aperture radar (PSInSAR) technique. Then, the magma chamber parameters are derived by modeling the PSInSAR deformation field based on a Mogi point source. We draw the following conclusions. First, the magma chamber is located immediately beneath the caldera, with a depth of 9 km below sea level. Second, the Changbaishan Tianchi volcano inflated between August 2006 and August 2008, which may be a result of an episodic magma intrusion event leading to pressurization and a volume increase of the magma chamber. The deformation pattern changed oppositely during August 2008 to June 2010, with maximum subsidence more than 10 mm, which may be caused by magma cooling and crystallization in the crustal chamber. Moreover, the deformation fields consist of several components, including large-scale deformation caused by magmatic activity, the local deformation caused by the active faults, and others. In conclusion, our results indicate that the anomalous activity of the Changbaishan Tianchi volcano is obvious in recent years, providing a basis for further research on monitoring this active volcano to reduce hazards and risks of future eruptions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 2013
PDF: 13 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 7(1) 073499 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.073499
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 7, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Lingyun Ji, China Earthquake Administration (China)
Jiandong Xu, China Earthquake Administration (China)
Qingliang Wang, China Earthquake Administration (China)
Yuan Wan, China Earthquake Administration (China)

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