• 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

Long-Time Director of NCALM, Ramesh Shrestha, Hanging Up His Lidar Wings
December 22, 2020
Dr. Ramesh Shrestha Retiring Dr. Ramesh Shrestha will retire in January 2021 after 35 years in academia – the last 17 as Director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. Ramesh...
Dr. Ramesh Shrestha

Dr. Ramesh Shrestha Retiring

Dr. Ramesh Shrestha will retire in January 2021 after 35 years in academia – the last 17 as Director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. Ramesh has had an immeasurable impact on the applications of lidar to both science and education. NCALM has acquired airborne data for hundreds of projects all over the globe, enabling the research of hundreds of investigators, under his leadership. Ramesh was also instrumental in the establishment of a graduate program in Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences at the University of Houston. A letter of farewell to the community from Ramesh can be found here.

Despite the retirement of our founding director, mentor, and friend, the NCALM team, now led by Craig Glennie, aims for a continued improvement of the service we provide to the broad research community, with a range of sensor and platform options and community initiatives, such as cost-distributed campaigns for Mesoamerica and Alaska. Seed proposals are currently being solicited for 2020 (ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/ncalm-invites-graduate-students-submit-2020-seed-proposals), with a deadline of December 31, and NCALM has released a community expression of interest for projects in Alaska for Summer 2021 (ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/call-expressions-interest-alaska-airborne-lidar-campaign). Anyone interested in airborne or remotely piloted system (sUAS) lidar for their projects should contact the new Director of NCALM at clglennie [at] uh.edu.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Alaska Airborne Lidar Campaign
December 4, 2020
Alaska Airborne Lidar Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is announcing a call for expressions of interest from researchers with...
Alaska

Alaska Airborne Lidar Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is announcing a call for expressions of interest from researchers with small- to medium-sized projects and budgets in Alaska for Summer 2021. NCALM has received numerous inquiries from researchers with small projects in Alaska over the years. The size of these projects and their associated budgets make them economically and practically unfeasible. It is possible to survey small projects, and bring large benefits to the broader community, if several small projects are grouped together and the mobilization costs are distributed, however. Project mobilization is also aided by larger projects funded by other sources.

NCALM has initial commitments for flights near Anchorage, AK. We are looking for additional projects to complement these sites. The smallest individual project budget that will be considered is $10,000. Exact coverage will be determined based on collection density, distance to airports, neighboring projects, and other factors. Send a short description of your project, potential budget, and KMZ of your study area if you have interest in participating in a community collection campaign. Projects must be research focused and can include, but are not limited to, glaciology, geology, hydrology, and seismology.

Please contact us for more information about the campaign and forward this announcement to other researchers that may have an interest in such data collection. The more projects that are organized together, the larger the areas that can be collected for individual projects. NCALM plans to perform data collection in Summer 2021.

Contact NCALM at ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu for more information.

Notes:

    NCALM is not providing the budget or funds to perform mapping. We are organizing a campaign to optimize the funds researchers currently have or can obtain. If you are interested in pursuing cooperative work, please send NCALM a response that includes a KMZ of your study area, a one-to-two paragraph description of your research objectives, and a budget of your potentially available funds. NCALM will work with PIs to develop a plan to allow data collection in their focus area.

Deadlines:

    NCALM is requesting a preliminary commitment by May 1, 2021, so we can begin logistics and flight planning. A final commitment and confirmation of funds will be requested by June 1, 2021, so the mapping campaign can be executed during Summer 2021.
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 & 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 & 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, or a related field of civil, environmental, aerospace, or 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...
Point cloud colored by elevation.

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