36 ENVISAT ASAR images acquired in 2002 to 2010 along descending passes with nominal revisiting time of 35 days were processed over the whole region of Homs, western Syria, by implementing the low-pass Small Baseline Subset (SBAS) technique. More than 280,000 coherent pixels with ~100m ground resolution were obtained. We analysed pixel spatial distribution in respect of local geology and land use, to assess to what extent these factors can influence the performance of an interferometric deformation analysis in semi-arid environment. Filtering out the amount of pixels associated with the urban fabric of Homs and surrounding villages, it is apparent that limestone and marl units are less prone to generate coherent pixels if compared with the basalt units in the north-western sector of the processed region. The latter resulted in pixel density of ~50-60 pixels/km2, which is comparable with that found over urban settlements and man-made structures.
D. Tapete, F. Cigna, A. Sowter
2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)