• 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

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to COVID-19, the researchers at NCALM are primarily working remotely but are still available via email at ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu. We hope to continue our field operations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

 


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

New NCALM datasets in Central Idaho and near Ensenada, Mexico released
September 15, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new NCALM lidar datasets. The first is an NCALM Seed Dataset collected for Nate Mitchell at Indiana University, Bloomington. These...
 A. Hinojosa-Corona.

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new NCALM lidar datasets. The first is an NCALM Seed Dataset collected for Nate Mitchell at Indiana University, Bloomington. These data were used in a study to measure variations in bedrock cliff morphologies along Boulder Creek, northwest of Salmon, Idaho...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

NCALM and CRREL Enter Research and Development Agreement
September 3, 2020
NCALM Expands UAS Capability The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold...
RIEGL RiCOPTER with VUX-1 Scanner in Flight

NCALM Expands UAS Capability

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, NH. This collaborative agreement supports a direct link for advancing the collection of high-resolution, geodetic-grade lidar data and greatly increases NCALM's flexibility to support the research community. Of particular interest, NCALM is now able to support UAS lidar operations through the use of the three RiCOPTER systems integrated with high-resolution RIEGL VUX laser scanners. Investigators interested in using UAS lidar for their projects should contact Craig Glennie (clglennie [at] uh.edu) directly.

RIEGL VUX-SYS Data Collected by GEO1

The Remote Sensing/GIS Center of Expertise (RS/GIS CX) at CRREL houses one of the preeminent lidar programs in the nation. The RS/GIS CX owns and maintains lidar instruments of various wavelengths and capabilities, as well as multiple imaging cameras from thermal to visible range. Their work and assets allow NCALM to deploy state-of-the-art, drone-based lidar systems in support of research and development activities for the National Science Foundation from pole to pole.

NCALM and RS/GIS CX have a long-standing relationship in software and systems development and data collection and processing. The NCALM team looks forward to continued collaboration with colleagues in New Hampshire. Follow @NCALM_UH on Twitter for continued updates.

 

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www.egr.uh.edu/news/beyond-archaeology-ncalm-pursues-new-technology-new-projects

New NCALM Datasets Capturing Post-Fire Landscapes in California, and Hurricane Harvey Impacts in Texas
September 1, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of four new NCALM Seed datasets covering areas of California, and one hurricane rapid response project in Texas... Continue reading at...
Lidar point cloud colored by elevation showing a unique agricultural landscape in Texas. (OpenTopography)

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of four new NCALM Seed datasets covering areas of California, and one hurricane rapid response project in Texas...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

CEE adds 3 new assistant professors for Fall 2020 semester
July 15, 2020
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering will have three new assistant professors added to its faculty for the Fall of 2020 – Dr. Vedhus...
Dr. Vedhus Hoskere.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering will have three new assistant professors added to its faculty for the Fall of 2020 – Dr. Vedhus Hoskere, Dr. Xie Hu and Dr. Dimitrios Kalliontzis.

Hoskere will be the starting the Structures and Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) at the college.

Three New NCALM Datasets Released from California, and Utah Now Available
July 14, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new NCALM SEED datasets covering areas of California, and Utah... Continue reading at OpenTopography.
 Normal Fault Comparisons, Utah 2019.

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new NCALM SEED datasets covering areas of California, and Utah...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.