Anna Barra received her M.Sc. Degree in Engineering Geology (Geology Applied to Engineering, Land Use Planning and Risks) from Sapienza University of Rome (2013). She has been specializing in remote sensing techniques and GIS- based approaches thanks to several collaborations and project participations, some of them in foreign countries: University of Waterloo (Canada), Pontificia Universidade Católica (PUCrio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil). In 2014, she was involved in the Research agreement FRANARISK between the Earth Science Department of Sapienza University of Rome and the Province of Rome, working for one year at the Earth Science Department of Sapienza University, on a landslide susceptibility study in an area of the Province of Rome (center of Italy). She started her staying here in the CTTC in March 2015, as Visitor Researcher, holding a 9 months scholarship granted by University of Rome Sapienza, and she is now a Research Assistant in the Remote Sensing Department (RSD) of the Geomatics Division (since March 2016). Since 2016, she is also a PhD student in the Geotechnical Engineering program at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) Univerity, Department of Civil and Enviromental Engineering (ECA), Barcelona, Spain.
Her research here is mainly focused on the development of tools and methodologies for the full exploitation of Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Differential Interferometry (DInSAR) in the geological hazards (landslide, volcanic, subsidence) monitoring and risk management. The interpretation of the DInSAR derived products (like the deformation velocity maps) can be complex and misleading, mostly for a final user who is not familiar with the DInSAR technique. For this reason, the DInSAR is still not fully integrated in the existing risk management and monitoring structures as a constant and periodical complementary input. In this contest, in the framework of the Safety project, she developed a semi-automatic methodology to generate simple and reliable maps, in order to facilitate the interpretation and the practical use of the DInSAR in the risk management at a regional scale.