• 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

In Vietnam, UH Engineer Hyongki Lee Trains Stakeholders to use Satellite Data for Managing Water
November 16, 2016
Selected by NASA to help manage water for Indochina, Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee is now teaching them how to do it without him.
Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee teaching in Vietnam. Photo courtesy SERVIR GLOBAL

Selected by NASA to help manage water for Indochina, Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee is now teaching them how to do it without him.

Twelve New NCALM Datasets Available Through OpenTopography
November 7, 2016
OpenTopography has released a dozen new datasets collected by NCALM. Among the data are eight student seed grant projects and two Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) projects. See the news...
Twelve New NCALM Datasets Available Through OpenTopography

OpenTopography has released a dozen new datasets collected by NCALM. Among the data are eight student seed grant projects and two Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) projects. See the news release for access to the datasets, here.

Request for NCALM Seed Proposals from Graduate Students
October 7, 2016
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites proposals from graduate students seeking Airborne Laser Swath Mapping observations...
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 km2) 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 period for proposal submission is October 10 – December 23, 2016. For more information, contact ncalm [at] egr [dot] uh [dot] edu (subject: Seed%20Project%20Proposal%20Information) or call 832.842.8881.

OpenTopography Releases New NCALM Dataset from New Zealand
September 29, 2016
OpenTopography has released a dataset from the South Island of New Zealand. The data are part of the Marlborough Fault System and were collected by NCALM in March, 2014. Access to the data...
OpenTopography Releases New NCALM Dataset from New Zealand

OpenTopography has released a dataset from the South Island of New Zealand. The data are part of the Marlborough Fault System and were collected by NCALM in March, 2014. Access to the data can be found here.

UH Engineer Dives In to Determine How Much Water Exists In the World
September 12, 2016
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, is making quite a splash. Lee has accomplished so much in the field of water you could say he’...
SWOT image artist rendering, courtesy of NASA

Hyongki Lee, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, is making quite a splash. Lee has accomplished so much in the field of water you could say he’s all over the map, but soon his work will be high above the map. He’s helped Pakistani officials manage water resources and was selected by NASA to do the same in Indochina.