Earth Observation for Crustal Tectonics and Earthquake Hazards

Contemporary methods for the exploitation of data from Earth Observing satellites to measure and understand earthquakes and shallow crustal tectonics. is aimed to improve our knowledge of the active fault sources that generate earthquake shaking hazards. We provide examples of the use of Earth Observation, including the measurement and modelling of earthquake deformation processes and the earthquake cycle using both radar and optical imagery. We also highlight the importance of combining these orbiting satellite datasets with airborne, in situ and ground-based geophysical measurements to fully characterise the spatial and timescale of temporal scales of the triggering of earthquakes from an example of surface water loading. Finally, we conclude with an outlook on the anticipated shift from the more established method of observing earthquakes to the systematic measurement of the longer-term accumulation of crustal strain.

Figure: Application of InSAR to detect earthquake deformation in Turkey, China, India


Elliott J.R., Michele M., Gupta H. K., Surveys in Geophysics (2020) 41:1355–1389