• 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

McMurdo Dry Valleys Lidar Data Now Available
August 14, 2017
OpenTopography has released lidar point cloud and DEM data covering over 2,700 km2 of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. The data was collected by NCALM in 2014–2015 and includes Taylor...
McMurdo Dry Valleys Lidar Data Now Available

OpenTopography has released lidar point cloud and DEM data covering over 2,700 km2 of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. The data was collected by NCALM in 2014–2015 and includes Taylor, Wright, Pearse, Victoria, Mckelvey, Barwick, and Valham valleys. Dry Valleys data can be accessed here.

Buried Shallow Fault Slip from the South Napa Earthquake Revealed
August 8, 2017
A new USGS-led study suggests that earthquake-related deformation just below the Earth's surface can be quite different from how it is expressed at the surface. The study was completed...
Buried Shallow Fault Slip from the South Napa Earthquake Revealed

A new USGS-led study suggests that earthquake-related deformation just below the Earth's surface can be quite different from how it is expressed at the surface. The study was completed using lidar data. Read the full press release here, including the accompanying Science Advances paper, co-authored by Dr. Craig Glennie.

Harvesting Earthquake Fault Slip From Laser Images of Napa's Vineyards
July 31, 2017
UH civil and environmental engineering Professor Craig Glennie assisted in a new U.S. Geological Survey-led study that finds deformation below the Earth’s surface caused by earthquakes is...

UH civil and environmental engineering Professor Craig Glennie assisted in a new U.S. Geological Survey-led study that finds deformation below the Earth’s surface caused by earthquakes is expressed much differently than displacement at the surface.

NCALM Announces 2016 Seed Proposal Winners
February 17, 2017
The winners of the annual Seed Proposal program have been selected. Eight students will have their projects mapped by NCALM in the coming months. Congratulations to this year's winners!...
NCALM Announces 2016 Seed Proposal Winners

The winners of the annual Seed Proposal program have been selected. Eight students will have their projects mapped by NCALM in the coming months. Congratulations to this year's winners! Read the full announcement here.

In Vietnam, UH Engineer Hyongki Lee Trains Stakeholders to use Satellite Data for Managing Water
November 16, 2016
Selected by NASA to help manage water for Indochina, Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee is now teaching them how to do it without him.
Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee teaching in Vietnam. Photo courtesy SERVIR GLOBAL

Selected by NASA to help manage water for Indochina, Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee is now teaching them how to do it without him.