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Welcome to GEO's Haiti Event Supersite Website

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Data Source availability


New on Tuesday Apr 6:       IRIS conference link
New on Sunday Mar 28:     Geological deformations report
New on Monday Mar 22:     Envisat postseismic interferogram
New on Monday Mar 1:     Radarsat-2 uplift and landslides
New on Wednesday Feb 24:       PALSAR uplift map
New on Monday Feb 22:       Relief Resources from the OGC
New on Thursday Feb 18:       ScanSAR interferogram
New on Thursday Feb 11:       Radarsat interferogram       Liquifaction
New on Tuesday Feb 9:       COSMO-SkyMed interferograms
New on Thursday Feb 4:       UAVSAR full resolution files
New on Tuesday Feb 2:
UAVSAR false color image     PEER engineering report    
New on Monday Feb 1:
PALSAR interferogram with fault     Fault coordinates    
New on Friday Jan 29:
Stress Triggering     PALSAR interferogram     Two new ALOS orbits
New on Thursday Jan 28:
link to USGS open file report     ASAR wide swath interferogram
New on Wednesday Jan 27:
updated DLR TerraSAR-X report     new ALOS interferogram by Jaxa
New on Tuesday Jan 26:
TerraSAR-X interferogram     Postseismic relaxation model     ALOS data    
New on Monday Jan 25:
Spot 5 displacement map     TerraSAR-X displacement map   

Envisat most recent
July 1 2010
ERS Feb 11 2010
ALOS Feb 28 2010
TerraSAR-X No data available
Radarsat-1 No data available
Radarsat-2 No data available
Cosmo No data available
Short-period IRIS Haiti Station Map
Long-period No data available
Broad-band No data available
Continuous GPS No data available
Strainmeter No data available
Tilt No data available
Gas No data available
gravity No data available
High-res No data available
Lidar No data available

Earthquake, 12 January 2010 21:53:10 UTC, Lat 18.457 N, Lon 72.533 W, Mw 7.0, Depth 13 km (USGS).

If you have data or results that you would like to post on this webpage, please e-mail Falk Amelung, the Task Leader of GEO's Supersite initiative (famelung@rsmas.miami.edu) or Susanna Gross (supersites@unavco.org).
Please include a kmz file as they are convenient to use in the field.

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SAR Data

    ESA's planning page

    index of SAR data for download

    Conditions for the use of ALOS data

    1. The data sets are to be utilized only for the requested purposes of the GEO Task.
    2. The data shall not be re-distributed to another party.
    3. All copyright of PALSAR data belongs to JAXA and METI; thus, copyright should be indicated as © METI, JAXA
    4. GEO Secretariat to report to JAXA the name (or affiliation) of each user and how the data was used.
    ALOS download form

    If you use these data files in your research please acknowledge the contribution of GEO in supporting the supersites archive. ALOS data are copyright JAXA and METI and must be used to study the Haiti earthquake, with details of the study and any publications reported to EOPI@esa.int (see http://eopi.esa.int). To download ALOS data, use your EOLI-SA virtual archive account. If you do not have one yet, please contact EOHelp@esa.int.

    For best available state vectors at acquisition please see:


    Haiti coseismic PALSAR
    Haiti coseismic PALSAR
    SceneID date Path
    ALPSRP166373240 3/9/09 447
    ALPSRP166373250 3/9/09 447
    ALPSRP213343240 1/25/10 447
    ALPSRP213343250 1/25/10 447
    ALPSRP193580350 9/12/09 136
    ALPSRP193580360 9/12/09 136
    ALPSRP213710350 1/28/10 136
    ALPSRP213710360 1/28/10 136
    ALPSRP108830350 2/9/08 137
    ALPSRP108830360 2/9/08 137
    ALPSRP216190350 2/14/10 137
    ALPSRP216190360 2/14/10 137
    ALPSRP164990350 2/28/09 138
    ALPSRP164990360 2/28/09 138
    ALPSRP211960350 1/16/10 138
    ALPSRP211960360 1/16/10 138

    Urs Wegmuller of Gamma Remote Sensing has made a map of uplift from differential PALSAR interferograms:

    For more interferograms please see his report in pdf format.

    Manabu Hashimoto (DPRI, Kyoto University) has written a very informative page about the Haiti earthquake. One of the results presented is a ScanSAR interferogram:

    Falk Amelung's group at the University of Miami has made a new PALSAR interferogram:

    The rupture length shown above has been inferred by preliminary modelling. We expect to obtain better constraints on the rupture length from the ascending interferogram expected for February 14.

    Eric Fielding of JPL has made a new PALSAR interferogram:

    Please see Eric's Haiti page for explanation.

    JAXA has produced interferograms with PALSAR data
    Those of us who cannot read Japanese may use http://translate.google.com to look at the JAXA Haiti page.
    Here is a PALSAR interferogram from JAXA:

    We are working on gathering the following SAR data:

    (Off-nadir: 34.3)
    Path: 136 Frames: 350, 360. Ascending. Archives (2008/10/25) FBS, (2009/09/12) FBD- Obs. Request (2010/01/28)
    Path: 137 Frames: 350, 360. Ascending. Archives (2007/09/24) FBD, (2008/02/09) FBS- Obs. Request (2010/02/14)
    Path: 138 Frames: 350, 360. Ascending. Archives (2007/02/23 - for this specific date we need frame 370)
    FBS, (2007/10/11) FBD, (2008/10/13) FBD, (2008/11/28) FBS, (2009/02/28) FBS - Obs. Request (2010/03/03)
    Path: 447 Frames: 3240, 3250. Descending. Archives (2009/03/09) FBS - Obs. Request (2010/01/25)

    (Off-nadir 25.8)
    Path: 449 Frames: 3240, 3250. Descending. Archives (2010/01/13) - Obs. Request (2010/02/28)


    Track: 147 Frames: 351,369. Ascending. Archives: 2008/09/19
    Track: 419 Frames: 351, 369. Ascending. Archives: 2009/01/21


    Eric Fielding at JPL has produced an Envisat interferogram of postseismic movement:

    GFZ Potsdam has produced a test of Envisat wide swath interferometry:


    The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing has prepared Radarsat-2 interferograms, click on the sample images below to get the full images:

    Analysis of landslides, matching visible and Radarsat-2 images:


    Sang-Hoon Hong and Falk Amelung conducted a test with Radarsat-1 interferometry (10-04-2008 and 01-27-2010 acquisitions) The loss of coherence is related partly to the unstable Doppler:

    F4N, 2008/10/5, next observation planned at CSTARS for 27 January 2010 the following new acquisitions would be useful:
    27-Jan-2010, 20-Feb-2010, 16-Mar-2010, 9-Apr-2010, 3-May-2010, 27-May-2010

    Predicted Interferogram
    Eric Calais of Purdue University has provided a preliminary estimate of an InSAR interferogram:

    Eric Calais's web page of scientific information about the earthquake


    Liquifaction observations from the GEER group in the form of a Google Earth kmz file by Ellen Rathje's (U Texas Austin).

    F. Casu, E. Sansosti and R. Lanari of IREA-CNR have made a study of X-band COSMO-Skymed spotlight interferograms :

    For many more figures, please see their report.


    TRE has produced interferograms like this one:

    Google Earth kmz file
    Feb 18 to Sep 15
    Feb 18 to Jan 14
    Sep 15 to Jan 14

    DLR has produced maps of coseismic offset

    For details, please read DLR's report (in PDF format).

    It would be useful to resolve post-seismic effects if DLR could acquire the following:
    25-Jan-2010, 5-Feb-2010, 16-Feb-2010, 27-Feb-2010, 10-Mar-2010, 21-Mar-2010


    NASA has made a false color composite image with the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR): Click on the thumbnail to read about the image and download larger versions. To get download full resolution (6.25 m spacing) UAVSAR polarimetric images acquired on 2010/01/27 look near end of the simple index

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Topography Data

    JPL has prepared SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) images

    The thumbnails above link to pages from which you can read about the image and download higher resolution versions.
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Visible/Infrared Images

    Miguel Doblas of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales of Madrid has prepared a report (pdf format) on geological deformations and hazards triggered by the Haiti earthquake.

    JPL has provided two high resolution ASTER images, taken Jan 14, 2010 and Jan 18, 2009,
    in GeoTIF format, co-registered, and with simulated natural color created from VNIR bands 1,2,3.
    They can be downloaded from the Supersites server, along with associated world ( 2010 and 2009) files.

    JPL found landslides triggered by the mainshock by comparing the ASTER images mentioned above:

    The thumbnail above links to a page where you can read about the image and get larger versions.

    DLR has produced maps of earthquake damage here is an example:

    Click on the small image above to see an overview map. For detail maps, please visit DLR's Haiti page.

    SERTIT has produced maps of earthquake damage here is an example:

    Click on the small image above to see a larger version. For more damage maps, please visit SERTIT's Haiti page.

    CEA has prepared maps of surface displacement using SPOT images:

GeoEye evidence of surface rupture

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GPS Data

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Surface Deformation

    DLR has prepared maps of horizontal surface displacement.

    CEA has prepared maps of surface displacement components.

    Anthony Sladen, Caltech has prepared a source model based on waveform inversion and used it to predict surface displacement:

    Andy Freed of Purdue University has created a postseismic relaxation model:

    Cumulative predicted postseismic displacements between 3 weeks and 1 year from the time of rupture based on finite element model calculations . These displacements are predicted to increase dramatically in subsequent years, though the pattern should remain fairly constant. (a) Map showing model displacements at current GPS locations (thick arrows) based on two rheological assumptions, one where postseismic relaxation is dominated by flow in the deeper mantle (red arrows in (a), red curve in b), and one where relaxation is dominated by flow in the lower crust (blue arrows (a), blue curve in (b)). The green arrows in (a) show the full pattern of predicted deformation associated with the mantle flow model. (c) and (d) show calculated vertical displacements of this time period (red: uplift, blue: subsidence) for the mantle and lower crustal flow models, respectively. (e) Shows the difference in vertical displacement between the two models

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Earthquake Data





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