• Lake Fryxell Facility Zone and surrounding area, Taylor Valley, Antarctica
     Lake Fryxell Facility Zone and surrounding area, Taylor Valley, Antarctica
  • False-color image from Titan Multi-Wave intensity, University of Houston
     False-color image from Titan Multi-Wave intensity, University of Houston
  • 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
  • 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

Greetings from ANTARCTICA
December 10, 2014
The NCALM field crew was recently deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). The crew is using the recently acquired Titan MW...
McMurdo Dry Valleys Team

The NCALM field crew was recently deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). The crew is using the recently acquired Titan MW multispectral lidar sensor to map the nearby McMurdo Dry Valleys. Mapping will include 5000 km2 of valleys, mountains, and glaciers. The project is headed by PI Andrew Fountain (Portland State University) and Co-PI Paul Morin (University of Minnesota). The data acquisition also includes visible imagery.

The team will spend six weeks collecting and processing data out of McMurdo Station, which is located on Ross Island, approximately 45 nmi from the project area. The often unpredictable local weather and complicated logistics of surveying in Antarctica will make this one of the most challenging projects undertaken by NCALM to date. NCALM is flying their instrument in a Twin Otter operated by Kenn Borek Air Ltd.

Be sure to check out more pictures from "The Ice" at NCALM's Facebook page.

NCALM Acquires New Titan MW Lidar Sensor
December 2, 2014
NCALM would like to announce the acceptance and acquisition of a new Optech Titan MW lidar sensor. The new instrument is a multichannel sensor that emits laser pulses at 532, 1064, and 1550...
Optech Titan MW

NCALM would like to announce the acceptance and acquisition of a new Optech Titan MW lidar sensor. The new instrument is a multichannel sensor that emits laser pulses at 532, 1064, and 1550 nm. Read the full NCALM announcement here. Optech's announcement, as well as more information on the Titan, can be found here.

Postdoctoral Researcher Joins NCALM/GSES Group
November 24, 2014
Dr. Yang Liu joined NCALM/GSES on September 1st, as a postdoctoral researcher. He graduated with his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Dr. Liu’s research interests...
Yang Liu

Dr. Yang Liu joined NCALM/GSES on September 1st, as a postdoctoral researcher. He graduated with his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Dr. Liu’s research interests include the fusion of hyperspectral imagery and bathymetric lidar datasets, as well as lidar data calibration. He will continue his exploration into these areas at the NCALM facility.

We welcome Dr. Liu to our team of researchers and students!

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 – Closed
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.