• 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

Small Projects Mapped through Community Resource Pooling
August 15, 2019
Eight and a half weeks out of the country was one of NCALM's longest campaigns. The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping field team mapped seven small archaeological projects for the...
Flying over Metzabok, Mexico.

Eight and a half weeks out of the country was one of NCALM's longest campaigns. The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping field team mapped seven small archaeological projects for the 2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects during that time. The work included three projects in Belize, two in Guatemala, one in Mexico, and one in El Salvador. The trip was NCALM's first time in El Salvador. It was the first time airborne lidar was used for archaeology in the country and was for the National Archaeological Foundation of El Salvador (FUNDAR). A special thanks to Juan Carlos Fernandez Diaz, Abhinav Singhania, Darren Hauser, Sven Sorhus, Jordan Laughlin, pilot Robert Chalender, aircraft provider Marc, Inc., Teledyne Optech, and the principal investigators and their local contacts for helping NCALM successfully complete the small projects and other work in Mexico and Central America. Data processing is underway.

FUNDAR Press Conference

The "small- and medium-sized projects" campaign objective is to combine resources from multiple small projects. The projects are then economically feasible. This year's projects were also aided by several larger projects funded by the NSF and other sources.

NCALM is looking ahead to next year, because there is already interest from various project coordinators in Mexico and Central America. An announcement and planning has not begun, but general inquires can be sent to ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu (subject: 2020%20MXCA%20Campaign) . Follow @NCALM_UH on Twitter for more updates.

NCALM crew setting up a GPS

NCALM crew flying in a Navajo

Related News Stories:

www.laprensagrafica.com/cultura/Mapeo-lidar-en-tres-sitios-arqueologicos

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/field-update-2019-mexico-and-central-america-lidar

Kern River Canyon Lidar Dataset Now Available
August 13, 2019
A 250 square kilometer dataset from the Kern River Canyon is now available on OpenTopography. The area of interest was the Kern River between Bakersfield and Isabella Lake in California....
Image from OpenTopography

A 250 square kilometer dataset from the Kern River Canyon is now available on OpenTopography. The area of interest was the Kern River between Bakersfield and Isabella Lake in California. The data are part of a study of erosion and sedimentation in the lower Kern River drainage. More information and access to the data can be found here.

Geosensing Systems Engineering Seeks Instructional Faculty
June 29, 2019
Geosensing Systems Engineering Instructional Faculty Positions The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Houston invites applications for part-time...
Civil and Environmental Engineering at UH

Geosensing Systems Engineering Instructional Faculty Positions

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Houston invites applications for part-time instructional faculty positions in the Geosensing Systems Engineering (GSE) program.

Qualifications: The applicant must have an earned Ph.D. in geomatics, geodetic science, and/or a related field of civil/environmental/aerospace/mechanical engineering or equivalent professional experience. The candidate should be able to teach undergraduate and/or Master's level graduate courses related to one or more of the following areas: Geostatistics (CIVE 6393), Fundamentals of Plane Surveying (CIVE 3380), Legal Principles and Boundary Surveying (CIVE 4382), Digital Photogrammetry (CIVE 5375), and Survey Measurement & Analysis (CIVE 5386). Details on these courses can be found at the following link: CCE CEE Geomatics.

University and Department: The University of Houston is located in a park-like campus a few minutes from downtown Houston with over 37,000 undergraduate students and 8,000 graduate students. The CEE department currently has 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, with over 260 undergraduates and over 130 graduate students. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. with over 6.6 million in population in the greater Houston area. It is the "energy capital of the world" and houses the largest medical center in the world. The greater Houston area offers state-of-the-art recreational facilities, world-class arts and cultural activities, excellent schools, and affordable housing.

How to Apply: Applications should include a cover letter, complete contact information for three professional references, and a curriculum vitae. Application package should be sent to Dr. Craig Glennie via email at clglennie [at] uh.edu.

The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the U.S., seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Field Update for 2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign
June 20, 2019
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping completed four projects in Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, for several PIs. After small delays upon entering the country, NCALM was able to map...
2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping completed four projects in Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, for several PIs. After small delays upon entering the country, NCALM was able to map over 1,000 km2, with eight flights over nine days, throughout east Tabasco, the Palenque area, and northeast Chiapas. The team based out of the Villahermosa International Airport.

Tenosique TeamA special thanks goes to Carlos Gustavo Rosado Macosay, who granted access and electricity in his home to set up and operate a GPS base station in Tenosique. This was made possible through Takeshi Inomata's student Miguel Omar Garcia Mollinedo, and his father Miguel Garcia Hernandez. The NCALM team is grateful to Charles Golden and the Proyecto Arqueológico Busiljá-Chocoliá team for operating a base station at Finca Vallescondido, and to the Hotel Tulijá Express Palenque for providing a location for the final GPS station. Additionally, Keiko Taranishi of INAH Palenque did tremendous work in assisting NCALM complete the projects.

villahermosa.jpgThe crew, pilot, and aircraft have moved to Guatemala to continue working on multiple projects. Several hundred square kilometers are planned to be mapped before the team moves to other locations, including Belize and El Salvador. Follow @NCALM_UH on Twitter for more updates.

Seed Project Data from Guadalupe Mountains Released
May 2, 2019
A new NCALM dataset has been released by OpenTopography. The dataset, covering 63 km2 over McKittrick Canyon in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, was collected for a 2017 Seed Proposal...
Airborne Mapping in Texas and New Mexico

A new NCALM dataset has been released by OpenTopography. The dataset, covering 63 km2 over McKittrick Canyon in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, was collected for a 2017 Seed Proposal titled, “Quantifying Rock Strength Controls on Landscape Morphology in the Guadalupe Mountains, NM/TX.” Read more at opentopography.org. Additional information about the Student Seed Proposal program can be found here.