1st Edition

Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar

    336 Pages 350 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar (GB-SAR) is used to effectively mitigate natural disasters and monitor social infrastructures such as bridges, dams, and airport pavement surfaces. This book explains the fundamentals of radar technology, the principles of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image generation, and Interferometric SAR (InSAR) processing for observing small ground surface deformation less than 1 mm. More advanced MIMO radar for ground surface observation is introduced. The authors also provide examples of GB-SAR used for landslide monitoring and vegetation, to show its potential and limitations. Understanding this advanced technology and its applications will help readers plan and install the GB-SAR systems in real-life projects.


    • Introduces GB-SAR, an advanced tool that measures in-millimeter ground surface displacement.
    • Explains how the GB-SAR system can be installed for landslide monitoring.
    • Provides a new radar technology that monitors vibrations of infrastructures remotely.
    • Discusses the advanced radar technology related to polarimetry and interferometry.
    • Includes several case studies applying the tools and techniques discussed to natural disasters, such as landslides, volcanoes, glaciers, etc.

     This book is intended for professionals in civil who deal with disaster mitigation and infrastructure monitoring, and those in electrical engineering, including radar technology.  It is also an excellent resource for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in remote sensing and photogrammetry, geography, geodesy, information science, engineering, and geology, as well as researchers and scientists interested in learning the techniques and technologies for collecting, analyzing, managing, and visualizing geospatial datasets.

    1. Introduction.  2. Fundamentals of GB-SAR. 3. Installation and operation of GB-SAR.  4. Atmospheric Phase Delay.  5. Applications.  6. MIMO radar system. 


    Motoyuki Sato is a professor emeritus at Tohoku University, Japan and CEO of ALISys Co., Ltd, Japan. He received the B.E., M.E degrees, and Dr. Eng. degree in information engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1980, 1982 and 1985, respectively.  He was a visiting researcher at the Federal German Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hannover, Germany in 1988-1989. His current interests include transient electromagnetics and antennas, radar polarimetry, ground penetrating radar (GPR), borehole radar, electromagnetic induction sensing, GB-SAR and MIMO radar systems. 

    Weike Feng is an associate professor at Air Force Engineering University, China. He received his B.E. degree from Air Force Engineering University, Shaanxi, China, in 2013, and his Ph.D. degree from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 2019. His current interests include radar target detection, imaging, and recognition as well as the theory and applications of electromagnetic metasurface.

    Yuta Izumi received his B. Eng and M. Eng from Chiba University, Japan, in 2016, and 2018, respectively, and his Ph.D  from Tohoku University, Japan, in 2021. From 2019 to 2020, he stayed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. From 2021 to 2022, he was a JSPS research fellow at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. He is currently an assistant professor at Muroran Institute of Technology. Dr. Izumi is a recipient of President Award from Chiba University in 2018 and Science Young Researcher Award from IEEE GRSS All Japan Joint Chapter in 2019.

    Amila Karunathilake is a Senior Researcher at Advanced Technologies Research Laboratory, Asia Air Survey Co., LTD., Kawasaki, Japan. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka, in 2011 and 2014, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Environmental Studies from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 2017. He was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Tohoku University, in 2018. Dr. Karunathilake was a recipient of the Young Researcher Award from IEEE GRSS All Japan Chapter and the best Ph.D. Student Award from Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, in 2017.