Dr. Sergey V. SAMSONOV

Research Scientist
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation
Natural Resources Canada
560 Rochester Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4 Canada
Tel: 1-613-759-1186, Fax: 1-613-759-6344


Ph.D., Geophysics & Environmental Science, University of Western Ontario, 2007.
Thesis “Integration of Differential InSAR and GPS measurements for studying of surface deformation” pdf (12 MB).
M.Sc., Physics, Moscow M. V. Lomonosov State University, 1999


High resolution and high precision measurement of ground deformation with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) caused by earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and anthropogenic subsidence due to mining and extraction of oil/gas, and groundwater.

Current Projects:

  • Advanced Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) technologies for monitoring ground deformation produced by natural and anthropogenic hazards and disasters
  • The development and delivery of on-demand RADARSAT Constellation Mission ground deformation products based on advanced InSAR technology (in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency)
  • Mapping subsidence and heave in Alberta's oil sands CSS and SAGD operations (in collaboration with the Alberta Energy Regulator)
  • Integrated Measurement, Monitoring and Verification (MMV) for Geological CO2 Storage (in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Canada, Canadian universities and commercial organizations)
  • Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program, A multi-scale assessment of cumulative impacts in the northern Mackenzie Basin (in collaboration with the NWT provincial government and Canadian universities)

Software and Test data

SBAS code (v20110401) can be downloaded from here.
MSBAS code (v20160719) can be downloaded from here.
Mexico City MSBAS test data can be downloaded from here and manual from here.


Samsonov S.V. and d’Oreye N., 2017, Multidimensional Small Baseline Subset (MSBAS) for two-dimensional deformation analysis. Case study Mexico City, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, in-press pdf
Samsonov S.V., Feng W., Peltier A., Geirsson H., d'Oreye N., Tiampo K., 2017, Multidimensional Small Baseline Subset (MSBAS) for volcano monitoring in two dimensions: Opportunities and challenges. Case study Piton de la Fournaise volcano Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, in-press pdf
Samsonov S., 2017, Short- and long-term ground deformation due to cyclic steam stimulation in Alberta, Canada, measured with interferometric radar Leading Edge, 36, 36-42 pdf
Samsonov S., Feng W., Fialko Y., 2017, Subsidence at Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field and postseismic slip along the Indiviso fault from 2011 to 2016 RADARSAT-2 DInSAR time series analysis, Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (6), 2716–2724 pdf
Samsonov S.V., Tiampo K., Feng W., 2016, Fast subsidence in downtown of Seattle observed with satellite radar, Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 4, 179-187 pdf
Samsonov S.V., Lantz T., Kokelj S., and Zhang Y., 2016, Growth of a young pingo in the Canadian Arctic observed by RADARSAT-2 interferometric satellite radar, The Cryosphere, 10 (2), 799-810 pdf
Samsonov S., Czarnogorska M., White D., 2015, Satellite interferometry for high-precision detection of ground deformation at a carbon dioxide storage site, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 42, 188-199 pdf
Samsonov S., Czarnogorska M., Charbonneau F., 2015, Selecting Optimal RADARSAT Constellation Mission Beams for Monitoring Ground Deformation in Alberta?s Oil Sands Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 41, 390-400 pdf
Samsonov, S.V., Trishchenko, A.P., Tiampo, K., González, P.J., Zhang, Y., Fernández, J., 2014, Removal of systematic seasonal atmospheric signal from interferometric synthetic aperture radar ground deformation time series, Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (17), 6123-6130 pdf
Samsonov, S.V. , Tiampo, K.F., Camacho, A.G., Fernández, J., González, P.J., 2014, Spatiotemporal analysis and interpretation of 1993-2013 ground deformation at Campi Flegrei, Italy, observed by advanced DInSAR, Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (17) 6101–6108 pdf
Samsonov S. Ground deformation observed near Cold Lake, Alberta, by RADARSAT-2 DInSAR during 2008-2013, Geological Survey of Canada Open File 7527, 78p pdf
Samsonov S., González P., Tiampo K., d’Oreye N., 2014, Modeling of fast ground subsidence observed in southern Saskatchewan (Canada) during 2008–2011, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14, p1–11, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-14-1-2014 pdf
Samsonov S., d’Oreye N., Gonzalez P., Tiampo K., Ertolahti L., and Clague J., 2014, Rapidly accelerating subsidence in the Greater Vancouver region from two decades of ERS-ENVISAT-RADARSAT-2 DInSAR measurements, Remote Sensing of Environment, 143, p180-191, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.12.017 pdf
Samsonov S., Gonzalez P., Tiampo K., and d'Oreye N., 2013. Spatio-temporal analysis of ground deformation occurring near Rice Lake, Saskatchewan, and observed by Radarsat-2 DInSAR during 2008-2011, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 39 (1), 27-33 pdf
Samsonov S., d'Oreye N., and Smets B., 2013. Ground deformation associated with post-mining activity at the French-German border revealed by novel InSAR time series method, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 23, 142-154 pdf
Samsonov S. and d’Oreye N., 2012. Multidimensional time series analysis of ground deformation from multiple InSAR data sets applied to Virunga Volcanic Province, Geophysical Journal International, 191 (3), 1095-1108, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05669.x pdf
Samsonov S., Beavan J., Gonzalez P., Tiampo K., and Fernandez J., 2011. Ground deformation in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand observed by ALOS PALSAR interferometry, Geophysical Journal International, 187 (1), 147-160 pdf
Samsonov S., van der Koij M. and Tiampo, K., 2011. A simultaneous inversion for deformation rates and topographic errors of DInSAR data utilizing linear least square inversion technique, Computers & Geosciences, 37 (8), 1083-1091 pdf
Samsonov S. and Tiampo K., 2011, Polarization phase difference analysis for selection of persistent scatterers in SAR interferometry, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 8 (2), 331-335 pdf
Samsonov S., Tiampo K., Gonzalez P., Manville V., and Jolly G., 2010. Modelling deformation occurring in the city of Auckland, New Zealand mapped by the Differential Synthetic Aperture Radar, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 115 (B08410) pdf
Samsonov S. and Tiampo K., 2010. ALOS PALSAR time series analysis of subsidence at Tauhara and Ohaaki geothermal fields in New Zealand, Canadian Journal on Remote Sensing, 36 (2), S327–S334 pdf
Samsonov S., Topographic Correction for ALOS PLASAR interferometry, 2010, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 48 (7) 3020-3027 pdf
Samsonov S., Tiampo K., and Rundle J., 2008, Application of DInSAR-GPS optimization for derivation of three-dimensional surface motion of southern California region along the San Andreas Fault. Computers and Geosciences, 34 (5): 503-514 pdf
Samsonov S., Tiampo K., Rundle J., and Li Z., 2007, Application of DInSAR-GPS optimization for derivation of fine scale surface motion maps of southern California. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 45(2): 512-522 pdf
Samsonov S. and Tiampo K., 2006, Analytical optimization of DInSAR and GPS dataset for derivation of three-dimensional surface motion. IEEE Geoscience and Remote sensing Letters, 3(1): 107-111 pdf