ACTIVE LAYER THICKNESS RETRIEVAL OVER THE QINGHAI-TIBET PLATEAU FROM 2000 TO 2020 BASED ON INSAR-MEASURED SUBSIDENCE AND MULTI-LAYER SOIL MOISTURE
Keywords: QTP, Permafrost, Active Layer Thickness, SBAS-InSAR, Surface Deformation, Soil Moisture
Abstract. Active layer thickness (ALT) is an important index to reflect the stability of permafrost. The retrieval of ALT based on Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) technology has been investigated recently in permafrost research. However, most of such studies are carried out in a limited extend and relatively short temporal coverage. The combination of temporal-spatial multi-layer soil moisture data and multi-temporal InSAR is a promising approach for the large-scale characterization of ALT. In this study, we employed Small Baseline Subset Interferometry (SBAS-InSAR) technology to obtain the seasonal surface deformation from radar images of Envisat and Sentinel-1 in a permafrost region of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP). We attempt to verify and calibrate the temporal-spatial multi-layer soil moisture product in combination with the in-situ data. Based on the land subsidence data and the temporal-spatial multi-layer soil moisture data, we further improve method to retrieve the ALT information. This paper describes the progress so far and point out the future work.