Wenbin Xu


Now Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Research Interests

My principal research interests include the use of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to study geophysical phenomena that causes crustal deformation, InSAR atmospheric correction, and InSAR time series analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Xu, W., S. Jónsson, J. Ruch & Y. Aoki, The 2015 Wolf (Galápagos) eruption studied using Sentinel-1 and ALOS-2 data, Geophys. Res. Lett.43, 9573–9580, 2016.
  • ​Xu, W., S. Jónsson, F. Corbi & E. Rivalta, Graben formation and dike arrest during the 2009 Harrat Lunayyir dike intrusion in Saudi Arabia: Insigths from InSAR, stress calculations and analog experiments, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 2837–2851, 2016.
  • Ruch, J., T. Wang, W. Xu, M. Hensch & S. Jónsson, Oblique rift opening revealed by reoccurring magma injection in cental Iceland, Nature Communications, 7:12352, doi: 10.1038/ncomms12352, 2016.
  • Xu, W., J. Ruch, and S. Jónsson, Birth of two volcanic islands in the southern Red Sea, Nature Communications, 6:7104, doi: 10.1038/ncomms8104, 2015.
  • Xu, W., R. Dutta, S. Jónsson, Identifying active faults by improving earthquake locations with InSAR data and Bayesian estimation: The 2004 Tabuk (Saudi Arabia) earthquake sequence, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 105(2a), doi: 10.1785/0120140289, 2015. ​   
  • Xu, W. and S. Jónsson, The 2007–8 volcanic eruption on Jebel at Tair Island (Red Sea), observed by satellite radar and optical images, Bulletin of Volcanology, 76:795, doi: 10.1007/s00445-014-0795-9, 2014.​


  • Ph.D. Earth Science and Engineering, KAUST, 2015
  • M.S. Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Central South University, 2011
  • B.S. Surveying and Mapping, Central South University, 2008