• 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

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 (NCALM) Seed grant for Louis Graup at the University of California, Santa Barbara...

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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

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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