• Lake Fryxell Facility Zone and surrounding area, Taylor Valley, Antarctica
     Lake Fryxell Facility Zone and surrounding area, Taylor Valley, Antarctica
  • False-color image from Titan Multi-Wave intensity, University of Houston
     False-color image from Titan Multi-Wave intensity, University of Houston
  • Dragon's Back Pressure Ridge, San Andreas Fault
     Dragon's Back Pressure Ridge, San Andreas Fault
  • Dune Fields near White Sands, New Mexico
     Dune Fields near White Sands, New Mexico
  • Ancient Mayan settlement of Caracol, Belize
     Ancient Mayan settlement of Caracol, Belize

Welcome

The mission of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is to:

  • Provide research-quality airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR or 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 private industry, government agencies, and academic institutions.

The center is based at the University of Houston and is operated in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is supported by the National Science Foundation and is associated with the multi-disciplinary Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences graduate program at the University of Houston.

News

Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning
April 10, 2015
Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported...

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford higher quality but more expensive conventional earthquake early warning systems.

NCALM Completes Survey at El Ceibal, Guatemala
March 30, 2015
The NCALM crew recently completed a field campaign at El Ceibal, in Peten, Guatemala. The project included mapping a 400 km2 site for researchers from Ibaraki University (Japan) and the...
El Ceibal, Guatemala

The NCALM crew recently completed a field campaign at El Ceibal, in Peten, Guatemala. The project included mapping a 400 km2 site for researchers from Ibaraki University (Japan) and the University of Arizona. The survey was completed in five flights, with the aircraft based in Guatemala City (MGGT). This marks the first time NCALM has worked in Guatemala. "Comparative Studies of Ancient American Civilizations" will provide research-quality lidar data to further the understanding of the Mayan civilization in this region. See our Facebook page for more project images. Currently, the crew is mapping several sites in Mexico.

UH Researchers Help Uncover Further Evidence of an Ancient Culture in Honduran Jungle
March 6, 2015
A scientist with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) at the University of Houston was part of the first expedition to a remote area of the Honduran rain forest, returning...

A scientist with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) at the University of Houston was part of the first expedition to a remote area of the Honduran rain forest, returning with more supporting evidence of an ancient civilization that has yet to be named.

OpenTopography Releases Two New NCALM Datasets
March 3, 2015
Two NCALM datasets are newly available through OpenTopography. The datasets include the Lunar Crater volcanic field in Nevada, and the confluence of the Blue River and Colorado River in the...

Two NCALM datasets are newly available through OpenTopography. The datasets include the Lunar Crater volcanic field in Nevada, and the confluence of the Blue River and Colorado River in the state of Colorado. Both datasets were collected in the summer of 2012. The data is available by following the links from here.

Professor Helps South Asian Countries Manage Water Resources With NASA Grant
March 3, 2015
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won a grant through NASA’s Applied Sciences Program to help South Asian...

Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won a grant through NASA’s Applied Sciences Program to help South Asian nations independently manage their water resources using softwar