• 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

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.

Related News Stories:

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

Updated Release of Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence NCALM Lidar Datasets Funded by USGS & NSF
June 15, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of an updated 2019 lidar dataset, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and...
Ridgecrest Lidar Coverage from OpenTopography

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of an updated 2019 lidar dataset, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. National Science Foundation, covering 784 sq km of the region impacted by the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence in southern California...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

Three New NCALM Datasets Released from California and Mexico
June 1, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new datasets covering areas of California, and Mexico... Continue reading at OpenTopography.
3D point cloud of a forested valley with points colored by elevation. Amaya creek runs through this section of the Soquel Demonstration State Forest in California.

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

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

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.