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Crustal Motion


Measurement Definition*: Changes in time of the position and height of the Earth’s plates. Indicative of the lithosphere dynamics, thus useful for earthquake prediction - Physical unit: [ mm/y ] - Accuracy unit: [ mm/y ].
InstrumentStatus/
Accuracy
Instrument DescriptionMeasurement TechnologyTimeline
LCCRA
Laser Corner Cube Reflector Assembly
Operational
Accuracy measurements on Lense-Thirring effect and baseline tracking data for General Relativity study and precision geodesy. Also for calibration of radar altimeter bias.n/a
LRA (LAGEOS)
Laser Retroreflector Array
Operational
Baseline tracking data for precision geodesy. Also for calibration of radar altimeter bias. Several types used on various missions.n/a
PALSAR-2
Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar-2
Operational
Disaster Monitoring, Land monitoring, Agricultural Monitoring, Natural Resource Exploration, Global Forest Monitoring, Potential use and interferometry.n/a
PALSAR-3
Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar-3
Being developed
 n/a
* Description adapted from WMO.
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