INTERSEISMIC DEFORMATION ACROSS THE EASTERN ALTYN TAGH FAULT FROM INSAR MEASUREMENTS
Keywords: InSAR, Altyn Tagh fault, Interseismic deformation, Slip rate
Abstract. As a new type of earth observation technique, InSAR has a lot of advantages, such as all-weather, all-time, high precision, high density, wide coverage and low cost. It has been widely used in deformation monitoring. Taking the eastern segment of Altyn Tagh fault (ATF) as the object of the research, this paper discussed the application of multi-temporal InSAR technology in the field of interseismic deformation monitoring. We measured the interseismic deformation along the eastern section of ATF using three neighboring descending tracks SAR data from the ERS and Envisat missions. The results show that, first, the validation of InSAR results is better than 2.5 mm/yr, the calibration of InSAR results is about 1.06 mm/yr. Second, the fault slip rate in this segment is about 4–7 mm/yr, and is in the locked condition. Third, The InSAR velocity profile across the fault is the clear asymmetry with respect to ATF, it may be the combined effect of northern (NATF) and southern (SATF) branches of ATF.