• 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) 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

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 of 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.

NCALM Maps the Agua Blanca Fault in Mexico
August 13, 2014
A team from NCALM recently traveled to Ensenada, Mexico, in Baja California, to scan the Agua Blanca Fault. Several miles of the fault were mapped for collaborating researchers from CICESE...
Ensenada Mexico Team

A team from NCALM recently traveled to Ensenada, Mexico, in Baja California, to scan the Agua Blanca Fault. Several miles of the fault were mapped for collaborating researchers from CICESE (Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education) and the University of Texas. The processed data will be used to study the surface and displacement of the fault. An article about the project from CICESE is available here. (Click here to read the original version in Spanish.)

Additionally, during the spring, NCALM flew several missions over a two-week period in the Mexican states of Campeche, Veracruz, and Merida. Multiple Mesoamerican archaeological sites were surveyed for anthropological researchers.

NCALM Researchers Win New Investigator Awards from NASA
July 7, 2014
Two NCALM researchers have been independently selected by NASA for research grants. Dr. Hyongki Lee and Dr. Saurabh Prasad each won awards in the New Investigator Program in Earth Science....

Two NCALM researchers have been independently selected by NASA for research grants. Dr. Hyongki Lee and Dr. Saurabh Prasad each won awards in the New Investigator Program in Earth Science. Their abstracts are titled, Estimating Two-Dimensional Surface Water Depths in the Congo Wetlands Using Multiple Remote Sensing Measurements and Novel Bayesian Image Analysis for Robust Multisensor Remote Sensing With Applications to Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring, respectively. The Cullen College of Engineering announcements can be read here and here. Congratulations Dr. Lee and Dr. Prasad!