• 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

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

NCALM Announces 2018 Seed Proposal Winners
March 22, 2019
2018 Student Seed Proposal Winners Selected The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping surveys multiple projects each year for graduate student PIs whose research would be enhanced by...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

2018 Student Seed Proposal Winners Selected

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping surveys multiple projects each year for graduate student PIs whose research would be enhanced by airborne lidar data and visible imagery. Students write and submit a two- to three-page proposal to be considered for an award (details at: ncalm.cive.uh.edu/seed/about). The applications are reviewed by the NCALM Steering Committee, who then select winners based on intellectual merit and broader impact.

NCALM would like to announce that the 2018 seed proposal winners have been awarded. There were 36 submissions, and eight projects were selected. Congratulations to the following students (and their advisors):

Joel Eklof (Rebecca Neumann) University of WashingtonAdvective heat transfer by rain as a mechanism of soil warming, CH4 release, and permafrost thaw

James Guilinger (Andrew Gray) University of California, RiversideSource attribution of eroded sediments from post-fire runoff events using nested scales of sequential change detection

Thomas Herbst (Alan Whittington) University of MissouriA bird's eye view of lava domes: Airborne laser swath mapping of Lassen Volcanic Center, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

Nate Mitchell (Brian Yanites) Indiana UniversityVariations in bedrock cliff morphologies with fracture density and incision rate along a transient stream

Miles Reed (Nicole West) Central Michigan UniversityChemical erosion response to transient physical erosion along the path of a migrating knickpoint

Alba Mar Rodríguez Padilla (Michael E. Oskin) University of California, DavisConstraining rheology from lidar-based comparisons of seismogenic versus creeping normal faults

Cole M. Speed (Zoltan Sylvester & David Mohrig) University of Texas at AustinInterpreting fluvial processes from the ancient rock record: Linking geomorphology to stratigraphy using 3-D outcrops of exhumed channel-belt deposits, Eastern Utah, USA

Kirk Townsend (Marin Clark) University of MichiganThe role of extreme events in setting the pace and magnitude of landscape change: Post-fire debris flows in the Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California

Logistics Planning Begins for Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign
March 12, 2019
Planning for the 2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects is ongoing. Currently there are 14 committed projects in Mexico, Belize,...
Mexico and Central America Focus

Planning for the 2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects is ongoing. Currently there are 14 committed projects in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. NCALM has applied for a temporary export license of the mapping equipment and is working with project PIs to acquire the necessary permits for each location.

NCALM is enthusiastic about this first international small-project campaign and is eager to begin the data collection portion. Principal Investigators can expect regular updates through email as we coordinate and arrange assistance for each project. We anticipate beginning to map in April/May.

UH Researchers to Share Magic of Archaeological Discoveries and Technology
February 22, 2019
NCALM Adventures Topic of Lecture at Houston Museum of Natural Science   Throughout the year, the Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts a distinguished lecture series focused on the...
 National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping/University of Houston

NCALM Adventures Topic of Lecture at Houston Museum of Natural Science

 

Throughout the year, the Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts a distinguished lecture series focused on the latest scientific discoveries and a variety of topics presented by experts in each field. The last lecture in February is titled “Maya Megalopolis and Ancient Secrets Revealed by Airborne Lidar.”

Craig Glennie Receives Faculty Achievement Award
February 20, 2019
Dr. Craig Glennie was awarded the Osman Ghazzaly Faculty Achievement Award from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE). The award is presented each year to an...
Craig Glennie Receives Faculty Achievement Award

Dr. Craig Glennie was awarded the Osman Ghazzaly Faculty Achievement Award from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE). The award is presented each year to an outstanding faculty member in recognition of their innovation and excellence in teaching, research, or service. He received the award at the 2019 Civil & Environmental Engineering Gala, where other awardees and scholarship recipients were also honored. Dr. Glennie is an NCALM PI and Associate Professor in CEE. Congratulations, Craig!

Read about this year's recent Civil & Environmental Enginnering Gala & Induction Ceremony here. Pictures of the event can be viewed here.

UH GSES Student Wins at Lidar Leader Awards
February 1, 2019
Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences student, Andrea Albright, won an Outstanding University Achievement in Lidar award for the most innovative use of lidar at this year's...
Andrea Albright Wins at Lidar Leader Awards

Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences student, Andrea Albright, won an Outstanding University Achievement in Lidar award for the most innovative use of lidar at this year's International LiDAR Mapping Forum in Denver. She won the award with her presentation on measuring breaking waves with lidar technology, using Velodyne lasers. Congratulations, Andrea!

Read about the second annual Lidar Leader Awards here.