• 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
  • Multispectral lidar intensity, University of Houston
     Multispectral lidar intensity, University of Houston
  • 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

OpenTopography Releases Two New NCALM Datasets
October 3, 2014
OpenTopography recently released two lidar datasets collected by NCALM during the 2012 survey season. The two projects are located in California and New Mexico and contain over 450 square...

OpenTopography recently released two lidar datasets collected by NCALM during the 2012 survey season. The two projects are located in California and New Mexico and contain over 450 square kilometers of mapped area. The announcement and links to the data can be found here.

The California dataset – a fault slip study – was flown as part of an NCALM student seed proposal. As a reminder, the seed proposal submission period for 2014 is currently open until November 10th. The New Mexico dataset was part of an investigation studying landscape response due to fire.

2014 Seed Proposal Submission Period Now Open!
September 24, 2014
Request for NCALM Seed Proposals from Graduate Students... The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites proposals from graduate...

Request for NCALM Seed Proposals from Graduate Students...

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites proposals from graduate students seeking Airborne Laser Swath Mapping observations covering limited areas (no more than 40 square kilometers) for use in research toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Proposals must be submitted online. For background information and complete guidelines for submitting a proposal, please see the Seed Proposals and Format Guidelines pages. The deadline for proposal submission is November 10, 2014. For more information, contact ncalm [at] egr [dot] uh [dot] edu or call 832.842.8881.

Best Wishes to Dr. Umut Sefercik
September 7, 2014
Visiting professor Dr. Umut Sefercik recently completed a yearlong research program with the University of Houston and NCALM. Dr. Sefercik is an assistant professor in the Department of...
Dr. Umut Sefercik

Visiting professor Dr. Umut Sefercik recently completed a yearlong research program with the University of Houston and NCALM. Dr. Sefercik is an assistant professor in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at Bülent Ecevit University, in Zonguldak, Turkey. In 2010, he completed his Ph.D. in Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering at Bülent Ecevit University, with a thesis entitled, "Generation and Evaluation of DEMs Derived by TerraSAR-X InSAR Images." His research interests include quality assessment and quality control of DEMs and DSMs derived from space-borne imagery and airborne laser scanning data.

The NCALM and GSES faculty, staff, and students wish the best of luck to Dr. Sefercik!

OpenTopography Releases Seven New NCALM Datasets
August 26, 2014
OpenTopography has just released seven new LiDAR datasets, including data from Seed projects, collected by NCALM during 2011 and 2013. The projects were located in Arizona, California,...

OpenTopography has just released seven new LiDAR datasets, including data from Seed projects, collected by NCALM during 2011 and 2013. The projects were located in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Oregon, and Utah. The surveyed areas encompassed over 550 square kilometers. The related research included landform and watercourse changes, volcanic features, and flooding events.

The OpenTopography announcement and links to the available data can be found here.

Craig Glennie Appointed Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Surveying
August 19, 2014
The American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Surveying's newest associate editor is Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College.
Craig Glennie

The American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Surveying's newest associate editor is Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College.