• 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

Houston Matters Interviews UH Engineer Using Lasers to Discover Ancient Civilization
July 14, 2015
The National Public Radio’s Houston Matters recently interviewed the University of Houston’s Dr. Ramesh Shrestha, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of civil and...

The National Public Radio’s Houston Matters recently interviewed the University of Houston’s Dr. Ramesh Shrestha, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of the National Center for Airborne Mapping (NCALM). Michael Hagerty, host of Houston Matters, spoke with Shrestha about his involvement in the use of lasers to discover an ancient Honduran civilization.

OpenTopography Releases New NCALM Dataset
June 26, 2015
OpenTopography has released a new NCALM dataset located in the Surprise Valley of northeastern California. The purpose of the data collection was "to create a high-resolution topographic...
Surprise Valley Dataset Location from OpenTopography

OpenTopography has released a new NCALM dataset located in the Surprise Valley of northeastern California. The purpose of the data collection was "to create a high-resolution topographic base for correlation with an airborne magnetic survey, as well as to map and assess offset along Quaternary fault scarps." More information can be found here.

Civil Engineering Student Wins Prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
June 4, 2015
Tropical wetlands are one of the most important sources of methane and carbon emissions, which means these land areas play a key role in climate change. Hydrology and hydrodynamics in the...
 ESA

Tropical wetlands are one of the most important sources of methane and carbon emissions, which means these land areas play a key role in climate change. Hydrology and hydrodynamics in the tropical wetlands are controlling factors of plant and animal ecosystems, sediment delivery, nutrient exchange and global climate change.

Ph.D. in Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences Officially Approved
May 7, 2015
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is pleased to announce an approved doctoral program in Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences (GSES). The Texas Higher Education...
Ph.D. in Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences Officially Approved

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is pleased to announce an approved doctoral program in Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences (GSES). The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently authorized the official launch of the Ph.D. program at the University of Houston. The GSES program is looking for qualified students to study in a variety of disciplines at the NCALM facilities.

The Cullen College of Engineering announcement can be found here, and more information on the new graduate program can be accessed here.

Smartphone-based Early Warning Systems for Earthquakes Can Save Lives: BYU Radio Interviews UH Engineer
April 28, 2015
After a powerful 7.8 earthquake shook the nation of Nepal last Saturday, many media outlets around the world are asking whether anything could have been done to save some of the nearly 4,...

After a powerful 7.8 earthquake shook the nation of Nepal last Saturday, many media outlets around the world are asking whether anything could have been done to save some of the nearly 4,000 lives who were lost because of the quake.