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Scientific Research and Essays

Determination of strain accumulation in landslide areas with GPS measurements

Authors: Mustafa Acar

Journal: Scientific Research and Essays

  People have suffered from past to present from natural events such as earthquakes, landslides, avalanches and floods that are called disasters. It is necessary to monitor ground movements in areas where disasters like landslides may occur in order to reduce and mitigate effects of such disasters which put people’s lives at risk. Space-based positioning technologies including global positioning system (GPS), which have been very popular in geodetic studies in recent years, and was used effectively in projects involving determination of strains such as the movements of the earth’s crust and landslides thanks to the high precision, speed of measurement and comfort that they offer. The present study evaluated the GPS measurements that were carried out in the Gurpinar landslide area between 1996 and 1998 and intended to determine the horizontal movements of earth’s crust and accumulation of strain using these data.   Key words: Landslides, strain, GPS, Gurpinar landslide area.