Dr Francesca Cigna

Dr Francesca Cigna

Senior Remote Sensing Geoscientist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3551

E-mail Dr Francesca Cigna

ORCID: 0000000181341576


  •  2015 – ongoing : Senior Remote Sensing Geoscientist, British Geological Survey, UK
  •  2014 –2016 : Research Associate, National Research Council, Italy
  •  2012 –2015 : Remote Sensing Geoscientist, British Geological Survey, UK
  •  2011 –2012 : PostDoctoral Research Associate, University of Florence, Italy
  •  2009 –2010 : Visiting Researcher, Geodesy Laboratory, University of Miami, USA
  •  2008 –2011 : PhD Earth Sciences & Remote Sensing, University of Florence, Italy
  •  2005 –2007 : MEng Environment and Territory Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy
  •  2002 –2005 : BEng Environment and Territory Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests

Boards and committees


Published outputs

Key papers

BONÌ, R, CIGNA, F, BRICKER, S, MEISINA, C and MCCORMACK, H. 2016. Characterisation of hydraulic head changes and aquifer properties in the London Basin using Persistent Scatterer Interferometry ground motion data. Journal of Hydrology, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.06.068

SOWTER, A, CHE AMAT, M B, CIGNA, F, MARSH, S, ATHAB, A and ALSHAMMARI L. 2016. Mexico City land subsidence in 2014-2015 with Sentinel-1 IW TOPS: first results using the Intermittent SBAS (ISBAS) technique. International Journal of Applied EO and Geoinformation, 52, 230-242. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2016.06.015

TAPETE, D, CIGNA, F and DONOGHUE, D. 2016. ‘Looting marks’ in space-borne SAR imagery: Measuring rates of archaeological looting in Apamea (Syria) with TerraSAR-X Staring Spotlight. Remote Sensing of Environment, 178, 42–58. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2016.02.055

CIGNA, F, JORDAN, H, BATESON, L, MCCORMACK, H and ROBERTS, C. 2015. Natural and Anthropogenic Geohazards in Greater London Observed from Geological and ERS-1/2 and ENVISAT Persistent Scatterers Ground Motion Data: Results from the EC FP7-SPACE PanGeo Project. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172(11), 2965-2995. doi: 10.1007/s00024-014-0927-3

BATESON, L, CIGNA, F, BOON, D and SOWTER, A. 2015. The application of the Intermittent SBAS (ISBAS) InSAR method to the South Wales Coalfield, UK. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 34, 249–257. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.08.018

CABRAL-CANO, E, SOLANO-ROJAS, D, OLIVER-CABRERA, T, WDOWINSKI, S, CHAUSSARD, E, SALAZAR-TLACZANI, L, CIGNA, F, DEMETS, C, and PACHECO-MARTÍNEZ, J. 2015. Satellite geodesy tools for ground subsidence and associated shallow faulting hazard assessment in central Mexico. Proc. Int. Association of Hydrological Sciences (PIAHS), 372, 255-260. doi: 10.5194/piahs-372-255-2015

NOTTI, D, CALO', F, CIGNA, F, MANUNTA, M, HERRERA, G, BERTI, M, MEISINA, C, TAPETE, D and ZUCCA, F. 2015. A user-oriented methodology for DInSAR time series analysis and interpretation: landslides and subsidence case studies. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172(11), 3081-3105. doi: 10.1007/s00024-015-1071-4

SOWTER, A and CIGNA, F. 2015. On the Use of the ISBAS Acronym in InSAR Applications. Comment on Vajedian, S.; Motagh, M.; Nilfouroushan, F. StaMPS Improvement for Deformation Analysis in Mountainous Regions: Implications for the Damavand Volcano and Mosha Fault in Alborz. Remote Sensing 2015, 7, 8323–8347. Remote Sensing, 7(9), 11322-11323. doi: 10.3390/rs70911322

CIGNA, F, BATESON, L, JORDAN, C and DASHWOOD, C. 2014. Simulating SAR geometric distortions and predicting Persistent Scatterer densities for ERS-1/2 and ENVISAT C-band SAR and InSAR applications: Nationwide feasibility assessment to monitor the landmass of Great Britain with SAR imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 152, 441-466. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.06.025

CIGNA, F, LASAPONARA, R, MASINI, N, MILILLO, P and TAPETE, D. 2014. Persistent Scatterer Interferometry Processing of COSMO-SkyMed StripMap HIMAGE Time Series to Depict Deformation of the Historic Centre of Rome, Italy. Remote Sensing, 6(12), 12593-12618. doi: 10.3390/rs61212593

CIGNA, F, BIANCHINI, S and CASAGLI, N. 2013. How to assess landslide activity and intensity with Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI): the PSI-based matrix approach. Landslides, 10(3), 267-283. doi: 10.1007/s10346-012-0335-7

CIGNA, F, TAPETE, D, LASAPONARA, R and MASINI, N. 2013. Amplitude change detection with ENVISAT ASAR to image the cultural landscape of the Nasca region, Peru. Archaeological Prospection, 20(2), 117-131. doi: 10.1002/arp.1451

BIANCHINI, S, CIGNA, F, DEL VENTISETTE, C, MORETTI, S and CASAGLI, N. 2013. Monitoring Landslide-Induced Displacements with TerraSAR-X Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI): Gimigliano Case Study in Calabria Region (Italy). International Journal of Geosciences, 4(10), 1467-1482. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2013.410144

TAPETE, D, CIGNA, F, MASINI, N and LASAPONARA, R. 2013. Prospection and monitoring of the archaeological heritage of Nasca, Peru, with ENVISAT ASAR. Archaeological Prospection, 20(2), 133-147. doi: 10.1002/arp.1449

CIGNA, F, DEL VENTISETTE, C, GIGLI, G, MENNA, F, AGILI, F, LIGUORI, V and CASAGLI, N. 2012. Ground instability in the old town of Agrigento (Italy) depicted by on site investigations and Persistent Scatterers data. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 12, 3589-3603. doi: 10.5194/nhess-12-3589-2012

CIGNA, F, OSMANOĞLU, B, CABRAL-CANO, E, DIXON, T H, ÁVILA-OLIVERA, J A, GARDUÑO-MONROY, V H, DEMETS, C and WDOWINSKI, S. 2012. Monitoring land subsidence and its induced geological hazard with Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry: a case study in Morelia, Mexico. Remote Sensing of Environment, 117, 146-161. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2011.09.005

CIGNA, F, TAPETE, D and CASAGLI, N. 2012. Semi-automated extraction of Deviation Indexes (DI) from satellite Persistent Scatterers time series: tests on sedimentary volcanism and tectonically-induced motions. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 19, 643-655. doi: 10.5194/npg-19-643-2012

BIANCHINI, S, CIGNA, F, RIGHINI, G, PROIETTI, C and CASAGLI, N. 2012. Landslide HotSpot Mapping by means of Persistent Scatterer Interferometry. Environmental Earth Sciences, 67(4), 1155-1172. doi: 10.1007/s12665-012-1559-5

CIAMPALINI, A, CIGNA, F, DEL VENTISETTE, C, MORETTI, S, LIGUORI, V and CASAGLI, N. 2012. Integrated geomorphological mapping in the north-western sector of Agrigento (Italy). Journal Of Maps, 8(2), 136-145. doi: 10.1080/17445647.2012.680775

GIGLI, G, FRODELLA, W, MUGNAI, F, TAPETE, D, CIGNA, F, FANTI, R, INTRIERI, E and LOMBARDI, L. 2012. Instability mechanisms affecting cultural heritage sites in the Maltese Archipelago. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 12(6), 1883-1903. doi: 10.5194/nhess-12-1883-2012

HÖLBLING, D, FÜREDER, P, ANTOLINI, F, CIGNA, F, CASAGLI, N and LANG, S. 2012. A Semi-Automated Object-Based Approach for Landslide Detection Validated by Persistent Scatterer Interferometry Measures and Landslide Inventories. Remote Sensing, 4(5), 1310-1336. doi: 10.3390/rs4051310

RASPINI, F, CIGNA, F and MORETTI, S. 2012. Multi-temporal mapping of land subsidence at basin scale exploiting Persistent Scatterer Interferometry: case study of Gioia Tauro plain (Italy). Journal Of Maps, 8(4), 514-524. doi: 10.1080/17445647.2012.743440

TAPETE, D and CIGNA, F. 2012. Rapid mapping and deformation analysis over cultural heritage and rural sites based on Persistent Scatterer Interferometry. International Journal of Geophysics, ID 618609, 19 p. doi: 10.1155/2012/618609

CIGNA, F, DEL VENTISETTE, C, LIGUORI, V and CASAGLI, N. 2011. Advanced radar-interpretation of InSAR time series for mapping and characterization of geological processes. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 11(3), 865-881. doi: 10.5194/nhess-11-865-2011