• 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

CEE adds 3 new assistant professors for Fall 2020 semester
July 15, 2020
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering will have three new assistant professors added to its faculty for the Fall of 2020 – Dr. Vedhus...
Dr. Vedhus Hoskere.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering will have three new assistant professors added to its faculty for the Fall of 2020 – Dr. Vedhus Hoskere, Dr. Xie Hu and Dr. Dimitrios Kalliontzis.

Hoskere will be the starting the Structures and Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) at the college.

Three new NCALM datasets released from California, and Utah now available
July 14, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new NCALM SEED datasets covering areas of California, and Utah... Continue reading at OpenTopography.
 Normal Fault Comparisons, Utah 2019.

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new NCALM SEED datasets covering areas of California, and Utah...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

NCALM postdoc picked for IEEE publication topical editor position
July 10, 2020
A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been honored with the position of topical associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and...
Dr. Hanwen Yu.

A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been honored with the position of topical associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

New NCALM Dataset Available in Southern California
June 19, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 143 sq km in the San Gabriel Mountains and 183 sq km in the San Jacinto Mountains... Continue...
Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of San Jacinto Peak draped on Google Earth Imagery

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 143 sq km in the San Gabriel Mountains and 183 sq km in the San Jacinto Mountains...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

COVID-19 Mexico and Central America Campaign Update
June 15, 2020
NCALM Considers Options for Campaign The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is still on standby for the 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign due to travel...
Mexico and Cemtral America

NCALM Considers Options for Campaign

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is still on standby for the 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign due to travel restrictions. We also recognize that the rainy season has begun. We will continue to delay the campaign until we obtain satisfactory health and mapping conditions and government authorizations.

NCALM is considering a postponement until Spring 2021 as a viable option. We may develop a short campaign in November 2020, early in the dry season, for those with time-critical projects. However, the main decision factor will be the health and safety of the people in the regions we visit and our crew. Assessing the risk for the mapping crew includes contracting and spreading COVID-19 and the risk of an accident or illness requiring healthcare assistance in a possibly overwhelmed system.

We appreciate your patience and will keep you informed as information becomes available.

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