• 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

Comenzó la Planificación para Campaña de Mapeo Lidar 2020 en México y América Central
March 16, 2020
NCALM se Prepara para el Mapeo en México y América Central El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Aéreo con Laser está con mucha anticipación para iniciar la segunda campaña internacional de...
México y América Central

NCALM se Prepara para el Mapeo en México y América Central

El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Aéreo con Laser está con mucha anticipación para iniciar la segunda campaña internacional de recolección de datos lidar para proyectos pequeños. Hay entusiasmo continuado por parte de la comunidad científica para obtener datos lidar de calidad para investigación. El éxito del año pasado demostró que el método de costo compartido es factible en la región.

La planificación para la Campaña de Mapeo Lidar 2020 en México y América Central para proyectos pequeños y medianos está en curso. Hay 10 proyectos comprometidos en México, Belice y Honduras. NCALM cuenta con carnets y licencias de exportación. El Centro está trabajando con los investigadores principales de cada proyecto para adquirir los permisos necesarios para las ubicaciones a mapear.

La Universidad de Houston ha restringido los viajes internacionales durante Marzo 2020 debido al COVID-19, por lo que se anticipa que el mapeo pudiera comenzar en Abril dependiendo de la evolución de la pandemia y las medidas de prevención que se tomen en la región. Investigadores principales pueden esperar actualizaciones por correo electrónico a medida que continúa la coordinación de la campaña.

Noticias relacionadas:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/small-projects-mapped -through-community-resource-pooling

www.uh.edu/president/communications/communicae/20200309-covid-19-update-faculty-staff

Planning Underway for 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Campaign
March 11, 2020
NCALM Prepares for Mapping in Mexico & Central America The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is eager to begin the second international small-project campaign. There is...
Mexico and Central America Focus

NCALM Prepares for Mapping in Mexico & Central America

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is eager to begin the second international small-project campaign. There is continued enthusiasm for research-grade lidar data. Last year’s success demonstrated that the cost-sharing method is feasible in the region.

Planning for the 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects is ongoing. There are 10 committed projects in Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. NCALM has export licenses and carnets in place. The Center is working with PIs to acquire the necessary permits for each location.

The University of Houston has restricted international travel during March due to COVID-19 concerns, so it is anticipated that mapping may begin in April subject to the evolution of the pandemic and control measures being taken in the region. Principal Investigators can expect updates through email as project coordination continues.

Related News Stories:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/small-projects-mapped-through-community-resource-pooling

www.uh.edu/president/communications/communicae/20200309-covid-19-update-faculty-staff

NCALM Announces 2019 Seed Proposal Winners
March 10, 2020
2019 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

2019 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. Students write and submit a two- to three-page proposal to be considered for an award (ncalm.cive.uh.edu/seed/about). The applications are reviewed by the NCALM Steering Committee, who select winners based on intellectual merit and broader impact.

NCALM would like to announce that the 2019 seed proposal winners have been awarded. Eight projects were selected to receive lidar data this year. Congratulations to the following students and their advisors:

Kaili Brande (Frank Davis) University of California, Santa Barbara3D fuel structure and plant community composition in relation to prescribed fire at the University of California Sedgwick Reserve

Louis Graup (Naomi Tague) University of California, Santa BarbaraPreserving mountains as 'water towers' through forest management

Brooke Hunter (Joshua Roering) University of OregonDouglas Fire, Oregon – Post-fire debris flow detection and erosion under private and public land management

Cassie Lumbrazo (Jessica Lundquist) University of WashingtonUsing LiDAR to evaluate the hydrologic effects of forest restoration in Washington State’s eastern Cascade Mountains

Emma Menio (Jackson Cothren) University of ArkansasFans of rock and roll: Sediment transport legacy on an Arctic alluvial fan

Justin Nghiem (Michael Lamb) (California Institute of Technology)Understanding modern coastal sediment accretion rates and spatial patterns in the Wax Lake Delta, LA

Collin Roland (Lucas Zoet) University of Wisconsin–MadisonLake Michigan coastal erosion: Measuring geomorphic response to extremely high lake levels

Corey Scheip (Karl Wegmann) North Carolina State UniversityUtilization of airborne lidar to evaluate regional landslide area-volume scaling relationships after a large rainfall-triggered mass wasting event in western North Carolina

Call for Expressions of Interest in Alaskan Airborne Lidar Campaign
January 8, 2020
Alaska Airborne Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is announcing a call for expressions of interest from...
Alaska

Alaska Airborne Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is announcing a call for expressions of interest from researchers with small- to medium-sized projects and budgets in Alaska for late Summer 2020 (August–September). NCALM has received numerous inquiries from researchers with small projects in Alaska over the years. The size of these projects and their associated budgets make them economically and practically unfeasible. However, it is possible to survey small projects, and bring large benefits to the broader community, if several small projects are grouped together and the mobilization costs are distributed. Project mobilization is also aided by larger projects funded by other sources.

NCALM has initially received expressions of interest for flights near Anchorage, AK. We are looking for additional projects to complement these sites. The smallest individual project budget that will be considered is $10,000. Exact coverage will be determined based on collection density, distance to airports, neighboring projects, and other factors. Send a short description of your project, potential budget, and KMZ of your study area if you have interest in participating in a community collection campaign. Projects must be research focused and can include, but are not limited to, glaciology, geology, hydrology, and seismology.

Please contact us for more information about the campaign and forward this announcement to other researchers that may have an interest in such data collection. The more projects that are organized together, the larger the areas that can be collected for individual projects. NCALM plans to perform data collection in August and September of 2020.

Contact NCALM at ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu for more information.

Notes:

    NCALM is not providing the budget or funds to perform mapping. We are organizing a campaign to optimize the funds researchers currently have or can obtain. If you are interested in pursuing cooperative work, please send NCALM a response that includes a KMZ of your study area, a one-to-two paragraph description of your research objectives, and a budget of your potentially available funds. NCALM will work with PIs to develop a plan to allow data collection in their focus area.

Deadlines:

    NCALM is requesting a preliminary commitment by June 1, 2020, so we can begin the paperwork and preparation of logistics and flight planning. A final commitment and confirmation of funds will be requested by July 1, 2020, so the mapping campaign can be executed during August–September 2020.
NCALM at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting
December 4, 2019
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping/Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Presentations and Posters at 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting NCALM will be at the 2019...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping/Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Presentations and Posters at 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

NCALM will be at the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Monday, December 9–Friday, December 13. Faculty, staff, and students will be available at Booth 311, shared with OpenTopograhpy, on "NSF Street."

Presentations:

Xinxiang Zhu, Craig Glennie, and Benjamin Brooks – NH14A-05: Automated Change Detection using Cylindrical Primitives Generated from a Deep Neural Network Monday, December 9, 2019, 17:00–17:15 Moscone West – 2016, L2

Preston Hartzell and Craig Glennie – NH14A-08: Rigorous Error Propagation for Topographic Displacements Derived from Image Correlation Monday, December 9, 2019, 17:45–18:00 Moscone West – 2016, L2

Posters:

M. Camille Barlow, Craig Glennie, Jennifer Telling, and Andrew Fountain – C31A-1480: Spatial Variability of Lateral Stream Channel Migration Over a Valley-Wide Scale: Taylor Valley, Antarctica Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00–12:20 Moscone South – Poster Hall

Andrea Albright and Craig Glennie – C31C-1545: Investigation of ICESat-2 and Landsat/Sentinel-2 Imagery Fusion for Retrieval of Nearshore Bathymetry Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00–12:20 Moscone South – Poster Hall

Kenneth Hudnut, Benjamin Brooks, Katherine Scharer, Janis Hernandez, Timothy Dawson, Michael Oskin, Ramon Arrowsmith, Kelly Ruth Blake, Stephan Bork, Matthew Boggs, Craig Glennie, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, Abhinav Singhania, and Darren Hauser – S31F-0466: Airborne Lidar and Electro-Optical Imagery Along Surface Ruptures of the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence, Southern California Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00–12:20 Moscone South – Poster Hall