• 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

New NCALM Dataset Along Coast of Lake Michigan, Wisconsin
November 11, 2021
A new lidar dataset covering 84 sq km along the coast of Lake Michigan east of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is now available on OpenTopography. This lidar dataset was collected as part of a...
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A new lidar dataset covering 84 sq km along the coast of Lake Michigan east of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is now available on OpenTopography. This lidar dataset was collected as part of a National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping seed grant for Collin Roland at the University of Wisconsin and includes bathymetry...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

Geosensing Systems Engineering Seeks Faculty for Assistant Professor
November 3, 2021
Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Faculty Position The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Houston invites applications for one full-...
University of Houston Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Faculty Position

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Houston invites applications for one full-time tenure track faculty position in the Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences (GSES) program. Candidates with multi-disciplinary interests are invited to apply at the Assistant Professor rank.

Qualifications: The applicant must have an earned Ph.D. in geomatics, geodetic science, geology, geophysics, computer science and/or a related field of civil/environmental/aerospace/electrical engineering with expertise in the broad area of geospatial observations including satellite or airborne remote sensing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, photogrammetry and machine vision, signal processing and geospatial analytics.

University and Department: The University of Houston is located in a park-like campus a few minutes from downtown Houston with over 37,000 undergraduate students and 8,000 graduate students. The CEE department currently has 22 tenured or tenure-track faculty members with over 340 undergraduates, and over 125 graduate students.

Read the full University of Houston job announcement and description here: Assistant Professor - Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences (GSES) - (FAC001957).

 

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The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Airborne mapping identifies nearly 500 sites and patterns, re-conceptualizing early Mesoamerica
October 25, 2021
Lidar-based 3D image of the site of Buenavista on the day of sunrise alignment. Image by Takeshi Inomata, University of Arizona.
New NCALM Dataset in Tahoe National Forest Available
September 30, 2021
A new lidar dataset covering approximately 62 sq km within Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, California is now available on OpenTopography. This lidar dataset was collected as part of a...
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A new lidar dataset covering approximately 62 sq km within Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, California is now available on OpenTopography. This lidar dataset was collected as part of a National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping seed grant for Louis Graup at the University of California, Santa Barbara...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

NCALM Invites Graduate Students to Submit 2021 Seed Proposals
September 27, 2021
2021 Seed Proposal Period: September 27, 2021–January 7, 2022 The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate student PIs seeking airborne lidar data for use...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

2021 Seed Proposal Period: September 27, 2021–January 7, 2022

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate student PIs seeking airborne lidar data for use in research toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. NCALM maps up to seven projects each year, covering up to 40 sq km or 2 sq km with UAS, for graduate students who desire lidar data. Seed Proposal Grants are supported by the National Science Foundation.

See NCALM's Seed Proposals and Format Guidelines pages for background information and instructions on submitting a proposal. The submission period is Monday, September 27, 2021–Friday, January 7, 2022. Read the FAQ page or contact ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu for more information.

NCALM will consider completing a limited number of the projects using lidar collected from a UAS (drone) platform. Areas of interest for UAS must be no more than 2 sq km, less than 6,500 ft MSL, be accessible by public road, and deployment (from a major city) and mapping must be achievable within three days.

This year NCALM will also consider conducting a limited number of seed surveys in Alaska (to be flown in Summer 2022). These proposals must be developed for conventional platforms (no UAS), and the project locations must be within a 100-mile radius of Anchorage or Fairbanks.

Related News:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/ncalm-announces-2020-seed-proposal-winners

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/new-ncalm-dataset-north-carolina