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UAVSAR (Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The DFRC G-III resumed flying L-band flights last week and imaged the Sacramento Delta Levee study area (PI: Jones) and the Slumgullion landslide study site in Colorado (PI: Fielding). This week, UAVSAR is wrapping up a 3-day deployment to New Orleans for the Gulf Coast subsidence monitoring study (PI: Ron Blom and Cathleen Jones). Cathleen Jones and Ron Blom utilized UAVSAR repeat-pass data to capture the precursor surface movement of a major sinkhole in Louisiana (the Bayou Corne sinkhole) that was discovered at least one month prior to the actual sinkhole formation. This finding has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in Geology.

Japan deployment via Hawaii for volcano studies is scheduled to depart on November 6 and return on November 16. The team is awaiting final diplomatic clearance from Japan.