Seismic infrared anomalies detection in the case of the Wenchuan earthquake using bi-angular advanced along-track scanning radiometer data

Pan Xiong, Xuhui Shen, Xingfa Gu, Qingyan Meng, Liming Zhao, Yanhua Zhao, Yan Li, Jianting Dong


The paper has developed Robust Satellite data analysis Technique (RST) to detect seismic anomalies in the case of the Wenchuan earthquake occurred on May 12, 2008, using the bi-angular Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) gridded brightness temperature (BT) data based on spatial/temporal continuity and confutation analysis. The proposed method has been applied to analyze the Wenchuan earthquake with longitude from 95°E to 111°E and latitude from 23°N to 39°N, and a full data-set of 7 years data from 2003 to 2009 during the months of April and May has been analyzed. Combining with the rupture structure data of the Wenchuan earthquake, the analyzed results indicate that: the main structure activity (the Yingxiu-Beichuan fault) characteristics of the Wenchuan earthquake can be identified and extracted using the bi-angular AATSR nadir and forward brightness temperature data, and the seismic infrared radiation anomalies detected by the AATSR nadir brightness temperature is more close to the Yingxiu-Beichuan fault.


Seismic monitoring; Infrared multi-angle; Robustness of Satellite Techniques; Earthquake Infrared Radiation Anomalies.

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