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InSAR Norway, a nation-wide ground motion monitoring service
(Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018) / InSAR Norway powered by KSAT-GMS. Terrain and map data courtesy: European Space Agency (ESA), Copernicus Programme: European Union, Geological Survey of Norway, Norwegian Mapping Authority, Geovekst, Norwegian counties, NASA and USGS).
30.01.2019
InSAR Norway is a national initiative aimed at monitoring and measurement of ground movements powered by Copernicus Sentinel-1 data. The Norwegian Ground Motion Service offers InSAR subsidence data at full resolution, freely and openly available to the general public.

The Earth is constantly changing. Small but continuous movements on our planet affect landscapes and infrastructure. Mapping and monitoring of these movements, with high accuracy, is of outmost importan fand the only technique providing such a capability is spaceborne Interferometric Synthetic Aperture (InSAR). 

On 29th of November 2018, NGU, NVE and the Norwegian Space Centre launched the operational Norwegian Ground Motion Service with InSAR subsidence data at full resolution, freely and openly available to the general public and commercial users [web-portal available at insar.ngu.no].

The release was the result of several years of intensive research and development activities, from design phase of innovative algorithms to implementation and operationalisation of the service. The Norwegian research institute, Norut, and the Dutch company PPO.labs, have been the research and development partners for InSAR Norway, through the KSAT-GMS partnership with Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT).

This kind of information is of interest for a large cross-section of stakeholders. Many commercial sectors and the general public will gain access and benefit from democratization of data. Applications range from geotechnical analysis, climate change impact, insurance and real estate market, structural engineering, transport infrastructure monitoring, and even save lives.

InSAR Norway builds on the essence of the paradigm shift for Earth Observation, as identified by Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA: large scale and long term data availability, openness, frequency and quality. 

A European–wide Copernicus ground motion service based on Sentinel-1 data is under planning by the European Commission in partnership with the European Environment Agency and the member states participating in the Copernicus Earth Observation programme. 


This is a very important and valuable development milestone for Europe, which we look forward to supporting, as well as collaborating with the European Commission and member states to make it happen successfully

- Dag Anders Moldestad from the Norwegian Space Centre.


The service in numbers:

  • Service is based on 4,000 Sentinel-1 images per year

  • 2 billion measurement locations over 320,000 Km2 

  • Average of 6,250 measurement locations per Km2 

  • 30,000 users during first week of service operations.

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