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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2018, Article ID 8217565, 12 pages
Research Article

Mapping Pyroclastic Flow Inundation Using Radar and Optical Satellite Images and Lahar Modeling

1Division of Science Education, Kangwon National University, 1 Kangwondaehak-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 24341, Republic of Korea
2Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University, 3225 Daniel Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Zhong Lu; ude.ums@ulgnohz

Received 29 May 2017; Revised 29 August 2017; Accepted 6 December 2017; Published 19 March 2018

Academic Editor: Jesus Corres

Copyright © 2018 Chang-Wook Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sinabung volcano, located above the Sumatra subduction of the Indo-Australian plate under the Eurasian plate, became active in 2010 after about 400 years of quiescence. We use ALOS/PALSAR interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) images to measure surface deformation from February 2007 to January 2011. We model the observed preeruption inflation and coeruption deflation using Mogi and prolate spheroid sources to infer volume changes of the magma chamber. We interpret that the inflation was due to magma accumulation in a shallow reservoir beneath Mount Sinabung and attribute the deflation due to magma withdrawal from the shallow reservoir during the eruption as well as thermoelastic compaction of erupted material. The pyroclastic flow extent during the eruption is then derived from the LAHARZ model based on the coeruption volume from InSAR modeling and compared to that derived from the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) image. The pyroclastic flow inundation extents between the two different methods agree at about 86%, suggesting the capability of mapping pyroclastic flow inundation by combing radar and optical imagery as well as flow modeling.