• Lake Fryxell Facility Zone and surrounding area, Taylor Valley, Antarctica
  • False-color image from Titan Multi-Wave intensity, University of Houston
  • Dragon's Back Pressure Ridge, San Andreas Fault
  • Dune Fields near White Sands, New Mexico
  • Ancient Mayan settlement of Caracol, Belize

Welcome

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to COVID-19, the researchers at NCALM are primarily working remotely but are still available via email at ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu. We hope to continue our field operations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

 


The mission of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) is to:

  • Provide research-quality airborne light detection and ranging (lidar) observations to the scientific community.
  • Advance the state of the art in airborne laser mapping.
  • Train and educate graduate students with knowledge of airborne mapping to meet the needs of academic institutions, government agencies, and private industry.

NCALM is based at the University of Houston and is operated in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. The center is supported by the National Science Foundation and is associated with the multi-disciplinary Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences graduate program at the University of Houston.

News

Lee Receives Grant for South Korean Water, Satellite Project
May 19, 2020
Dr. Hyongki Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the K-Water Institute of...
Dr. Hyongki Lee

Dr. Hyongki Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the K-Water Institute of South Korea to study flood monitoring and management in that country, via the development of algorithms for satellite data.

Continue reading at Cullen College of Engineering.

UH Researchers Improving Resolution in 3D Data Collected by Drones
April 21, 2020
Drones have become a quick and relatively inexpensive way to capture on-the-ground images of geographic areas, offering valuable information to soldiers and others. But those images have a...
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Drones have become a quick and relatively inexpensive way to capture on-the-ground images of geographic areas, offering valuable information to soldiers and others. But those images have a drawback: they often can’t accurately be compared with images taken previously – images which generally were collected using different standards and formats – in order to determine how the terrain has changed over time.

NCALM Continúa la Planificación para un Despliegue Rápido una vez que las Autoridades determinen que las Condiciones son Seguras para Trabajos de Investigación Internacionales
March 31, 2020
NCALM Avanza los Preparativos para Mapeo en México y América Central El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Láser Aéreo a suspendido temporalmente los planes de las campanas de mapeo debido a las...
Lidar-Derived DEM of Caracol, Belize

NCALM Avanza los Preparativos para Mapeo en México y América Central

El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Láser Aéreo a suspendido temporalmente los planes de las campanas de mapeo debido a las restricciones de viaje impuestas por diversos gobiernos, incluyendo el federal de EE.UU., el estatal de Texas, y los de las naciones anfitrionas. La situación es fluida y las operaciones de NCALM requieren coordinación y aprobación de múltiples jurisdicciones y niveles de gobierno. En consecuencia, no podemos predecir con precisión una fecha de inicio para la Campaña de Colección Lidar 2020 de México y América Central para Proyectos Pequeños y Medianos.

NCALM continua los preparativos para movilizar el equipo y personal tan pronto como las diversas autoridades levanten las restricciones de viaje y de trabajo no esencial. En temporadas pasadas, hemos podido trabajar en esta región tan tarde como Julio, a pesar de la estar en plena temporada de lluvias. Nos mantenemos optimistas y esperamos que, si la situación se regulariza en los próximos meses, podamos mapear los proyectos de México y Centroamérica este año. NCALM continuará actualizando a los Investigadores Principales a medida que la información nos esté disponible.

Nuestras prioridades son poder completar proyectos de mapeo en una manera segura y eficaz, manteniendo informados a los investigadores principales sobre nuestros planes.

Noticias Relacionadas:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/comenzo-la-planificacion-para-campana-de-mapeo-lidar-2020-en-mexico-y-america-central

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/small-projects-mapped-through-community-resource-pooling

NCALM Continues Planning for Rapid Deployment Once Authorities Deem Conditions Safe for International Work
March 31, 2020
NCALM Advances Preparations for Mapping in Mexico & Central America The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is holding in place due to travel restrictions from U.S. federal,...
Lidar-Derived DEM of Caracol, Belize

NCALM Advances Preparations for Mapping in Mexico & Central America

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is holding in place due to travel restrictions from U.S. federal, Texas state, and foreign host governments. The situation is fluid, and NCALM’s operations require coordination with, and approval from, multiple jurisdictions and levels of government. Consequently, we cannot accurately predict a 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects start date at this time.

NCALM is preparing to deploy as soon as the various authorities lift the non-essential travel and work restrictions. We have been able to work in the region into July and the rainy season in the past. We are optimistic and hopeful that if the situation settles in the next months, we can map the Mexico and Central America projects this year. NCALM will continue to update Principal Investigators as information becomes available to us.

Our top priorities are being able to complete mapping projects safely and efficiently while keeping PIs informed regarding our plans.

Related News:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/planning-underway-2020-mexico-and-central-america-lidar-campaign

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/small-projects-mapped-through-community-resource-pooling

Ridgecrest earthquake sequence NCALM lidar datasets funded by USGS & NSF released
March 31, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new 2019 lidar datasets, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and funded by the U.S. Geological...
Lidar-Derived DEM of Trona Pinnacles Near Ridgecrest, CA

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new 2019 lidar datasets, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. National Science Foundation...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.