• 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

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to COVID-19, the researchers at NCALM are primarily working remotely but are still available via email at ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu. We hope to continue our field operations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

 


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

Geosensing Systems Engineering Seeks New Tenure-Track Faculty
November 12, 2020
Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Program Seeks Tenure-Track Faculty for Assistant Professor The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of...
University of Houston Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Program Seeks Tenure-Track Faculty for Assistant Professor

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.

Applicant Qualifications: The applicant must have an earned Ph.D. in geomatics, geodetic science, and/or a related field of civil/environmental/aerospace/mechanical engineering with some working knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following: machine learning and artificial intelligence, synthetic aperture radar, satellite geodesy, GNSS, lidar, hyper-spectral imaging, photogrammetry and machine vision, signal processing or optics and remote sensing instrument design and development.

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 9,000 graduate students. The CEE department currently has 21 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 - (FAC001609).

 

Apply Online

 

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, 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.

New NCALM dataset available covering portions of Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument, Utah
October 26, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 230 sq km covering Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument, Utah (Shash Jáa Unit). This...
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OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 230 sq km covering Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument, Utah (Shash Jáa Unit). This dataset was collected for a study to explore the dynamic impacts of environmental change and biomass harvesting on woodland ecosystems and traditional livelihoods...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

NCALM Invites Graduate Students to Submit 2020 Seed Proposals
September 28, 2020
2020 Seed Proposal Period: October 1–December 31 The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate student PIs seeking airborne lidar data for use in research...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

2020 Seed Proposal Period: October 1–December 31

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 eight projects each year, covering up to 40 sq km, for graduate students who require lidar data. Seed Proposal Grants are supported by the NSF.

See NCALM's Seed Proposals and Format Guidelines pages for background information and instructions on submitting a proposal. The submission period is Thursday, October 1–Thursday, December 31, 2020. Contact ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu for more information.

This year NCALM will also 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 8,000 ft MSL, be accessible by public road, and deployment (from a major city) and mapping must be achievable within three days.

Related News:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/three-new-ncalm-datasets-released-california-and-utah-now-available

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/ncalm-announces-2019-seed-proposal-winners

New NCALM datasets in Central Idaho and near Ensenada, Mexico released
September 15, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new NCALM lidar datasets. The first is an NCALM Seed Dataset collected for Nate Mitchell at Indiana University, Bloomington. These...
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OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new NCALM lidar datasets. The first is an NCALM Seed Dataset collected for Nate Mitchell at Indiana University, Bloomington. These data were used in a study to measure variations in bedrock cliff morphologies along Boulder Creek, northwest of Salmon, Idaho...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

NCALM and CRREL Enter Research and Development Agreement
September 3, 2020
NCALM Expands UAS Capability The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold...
RIEGL RiCOPTER with VUX-1 Scanner in Flight

NCALM Expands UAS Capability

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, NH. This collaborative agreement supports a direct link for advancing the collection of high-resolution, geodetic-grade lidar data and greatly increases NCALM's flexibility to support the research community. Of particular interest, NCALM is now able to support UAS lidar operations through the use of the three RiCOPTER systems integrated with high-resolution RIEGL VUX laser scanners. Investigators interested in using UAS lidar for their projects should contact Craig Glennie (clglennie [at] uh.edu) directly.

RIEGL VUX-SYS Data Collected by GEO1

The Remote Sensing/GIS Center of Expertise (RS/GIS CX) at CRREL houses one of the preeminent lidar programs in the nation. The RS/GIS CX owns and maintains lidar instruments of various wavelengths and capabilities, as well as multiple imaging cameras from thermal to visible range. Their work and assets allow NCALM to deploy state-of-the-art, drone-based lidar systems in support of research and development activities for the National Science Foundation from pole to pole.

NCALM and RS/GIS CX have a long-standing relationship in software and systems development and data collection and processing. The NCALM team looks forward to continued collaboration with colleagues in New Hampshire. Follow @NCALM_UH on Twitter for continued updates.

 

Related News Stories:

www.egr.uh.edu/news/uh-researchers-improving-resolution-3d-data-collected-drones

www.egr.uh.edu/news/beyond-archaeology-ncalm-pursues-new-technology-new-projects