David Bekaert

David joined the Radar Concepts and Formulation group at JPL’s Radar Science and Engineering Section in October 2015. He obtained his PhD in Geophysics and Geodesy at the University of Leeds, where his thesis was focused on the usage of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to detect Slow Slip Events. Prior to his PhD, he was a Young Graduate Trainee at the Microwave Instruments section of the Earth Observation division of the European Space Agency, where he worked on ice penetrating radar. By training, David is an Aerospace Engineer, completing both his BSc. and MSc. at Delft University of Technology. During his studies, David was a JPL Visiting Student Researcher at the radar group, a Visiting PhD Researcher at Stanford School of Earth Sciences, and an intern at the Wave Interaction and Propagation section of the European Space Agency.

  • PhD: University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Space Studies Program 2013: International Space University, France
  • MSc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • BSc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Research Interests: 

Solid Earth, Cryosphere, Tectonics, Subsidence, InSAR, Radar, noise corrections

Professional Experience: 
  • YGT at the European Space Agency (ESTEC): May 2011 - July 2012
  • Intern at the European Space Agency (ESTEC): Jan - April 2011
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Visiting Student Researcher: Jan - May 2010
  • Teaching assistant (2009-2013)

Selected Awards: 
  • Publication award University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2013 AGU Fall meeting
  • Royal Astronomical Society Grant
  • European Space Agency Scholarship

Selected Publications: 


  • A. Constan, A. Armenteros, F. Lamas, S.M. Rosillo, J.M. Delgado, D.P.S. Bekaert, J.J.M. de Sousa, A.J. Gil, M. Caro Cuenca, R.F. Hanssen, J.G. Zaldivar, and C. Sanz De Galdeano (2015), Multi-temporal InSAR evidence of ground subsidence induced by groundwater withdrawal: the Montellano aquifer (SW Spain), Environmental Earth Sciences, (Accepted).
  • D.P.S. Bekaert, R.J. Walters, T.J. Wright, A.J. Hooper, and D.J. Parker (2015) Statistical comparison of InSAR tropospheric correction techniques, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.08.035 (open access).
  • D.P.S. Bekaert, A Hooper, and T.J. Wright (2015), Reassesing the 2006 Guerrero slow slip event, Mexico: implications for large earthquakes in the Guerrero Gap, JGR, doi:10.1029/2014JB011557 (open access).
  • D.P.S. Bekaert, A. Hooper, and T.J. Wright (2015), A spatially-variable power-law tropospheric correction technique for InSAR data, JGR, doi:10.1029/2014JB011558 (open acces).


  • D.P.S. Bekaert, N. Gebert, C.C. Lin, F. Heliere, J. Dall, A. Kusk, S.S. Kristensen, Multi channel surface clutter suppression: East Antarctica P band SAR ice sounding in the presence of grating lobes, Annals of Glaciology, 55, 2014 (67) p. 9-21, doi:10.3189/2014AoG67A100.


  • Hooper, D. Bekaert, K. Spaans and M. Arikan (2012), Recent advances in SAR interferometry time series analysis for measuring crustal deformation, Tectonophysics, 514-517, 1-13, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2011.10.013.
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