• 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

Three new NCALM datasets from California and Oregon available on OpenTopography
September 8, 2021
Three new lidar datasets collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) in California and Oregon are now available on OpenTopography. A repeat lidar dataset of Antelope...
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Three new lidar datasets collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) in California and Oregon are now available on OpenTopography. A repeat lidar dataset of Antelope Valley, CA covering approximately 24 sq km was collected by NCALM for Dr. William Dietrich at the University of California, Berkeley...

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New NCALM Dataset in North Carolina
August 27, 2021
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 78 sq km near Hendersonville, North Carolina. This dataset was collected as part of an NCALM...
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OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 78 sq km near Hendersonville, North Carolina. This dataset was collected as part of an NCALM Seed grant for Dr. Corey Scheip at North Carolina State University to evaluate regional landslide area-volume scaling relationships after a large rainfall-triggered mass wasting event in western North Carolina...

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New NCALM lidar data over Yosemite National Park, California
April 26, 2021
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 74 sq km covering the Illilouette Creek basin in Yosemite National Park, California. This...
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OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 74 sq km covering the Illilouette Creek basin in Yosemite National Park, California. This dataset was collected for Dr. Sally Thompson at the University of California, Berkeley in order to assess the occurrence and characteristics of post-fire erosion gullies caused by the Empire Fire in the Illilouette Creek basin...

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Hu earns NASA funding award
March 31, 2021
Xie Hu, a 2020 hire as an assistant professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, has received a $375,000 grant from NASA for a research proposal.
NCALM Announces 2020 Seed Proposal Winners
March 10, 2021
2020 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...
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2020 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 2020 seed proposal winners have been awarded. Eight projects were selected to receive lidar data this year. Congratulations to the following students and their advisors:

Jordan Fields (Francis Magilligan) Dartmouth CollegeField validation of the virtual velocity approach for estimating bedload transport in gravel-bedded rivers

Kenton Fisher (Ryan Ewing) Texas A&M UniversityTopographic signatures of barrier island vulnerability

Michael Hasson (Mathieu Lapotre) Stanford UniversityMorphodyamics of an unvegetated meandering river in the McLeod Springs Wash, Nevada

Justin Higa (Seulgi Moon) University of California, Los AngelesTopographic and lithologic controls on subsurface weathering in the southern Sierra Nevada, California

Conor McMahon (Dar Roberts) University of California, Santa BarbaraRiparian vegetation mapping, classification, and historic drought response on the San Pedro River

Sarah Newcomb (Sarah Godsey) Idaho State UniversityLinking snowpack heterogeneity to subsurface storage and transmissivity in the rain-snow transition zone

Cara Piske (Adrian Harpold) University of Nevada, RenoUsing lidar to investigate forest-snow interactions in a high elevation critical zone

Sophie Rothman (Scott McCoy, Joel Scheingross) University of Nevada, RenoImpact of waterfall formation on river long profiles