Application of terrestrial laser scanning for detection of ground surface deformation in small mud volcano (Murono, Japan) 6. Geodesy

Yuichi S. Hayakawa, Shigekazu Kusumoto, Nobuhisa Matsuta

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We perform terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) to detect changes in surface morphology of a mud volcano in Murono, north-central Japan. The study site underwent significant deformation by a strong earthquake in 2011, and the surface deformation has continued in the following years. The point cloud datasets were obtained by TLS at three different times in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Those point clouds were aligned by cloud-based registration, which minimizes the closest point distance of point clouds of unchanged ground features, and the TLS-based point cloud data appear to be suitable for detecting centimeter-order deformations in the central domain of the mud volcano, as well as for measurements of topographic features including cracks of paved ground surface. The spatial patterns and accumulative amount of the vertical deformation during 2011-2014 captured by TLS correspond well with those previously reported based on point-based leveling surveys, supporting the validity of TLS survey.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114
JournalEarth, Planets and Space
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016



  • Deformation
  • DEM (digital elevation model)
  • Mud volcano
  • Point cloud
  • TLS (terrestrial laser scanning)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Space and Planetary Science

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