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NCALM Invites Seed Proposals for Graduate Student Research
September 13, 2019
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate students seeking airborne lidar data (up to 40 sq km) for use in research toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. See...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate students seeking airborne lidar data (up to 40 sq km) for use in research toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. See NCALM's Seed Proposals and Format Guidelines pages for background information and instructions on submitting a proposal. The submission period is Monday, September 16–Friday, December 20, 2019. Contact ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu for more information.

Small Projects Mapped through Community Resource Pooling
August 15, 2019
Eight and a half weeks out of the country was one of NCALM's longest campaigns. The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping field team mapped seven small archaeological projects for the...
Flying over Metzabok, Mexico.

Eight and a half weeks out of the country was one of NCALM's longest campaigns. The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping field team mapped seven small archaeological projects for the 2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects during that time. The work included three projects in Belize, two in Guatemala, one in Mexico, and one in El Salvador. The trip was NCALM's first time in El Salvador. It was the first time airborne lidar was used for archaeology in the country and was for the National Archaeological Foundation of El Salvador (FUNDAR). A special thanks to Juan Carlos Fernandez Diaz, Abhinav Singhania, Darren Hauser, Sven Sorhus, Jordan Laughlin, pilot Robert Chalender, aircraft provider Marc, Inc., Teledyne Optech, and the principal investigators and their local contacts for helping NCALM successfully complete the small projects and other work in Mexico and Central America. Data processing is underway.

FUNDAR Press Conference

The "small- and medium-sized projects" campaign objective is to combine resources from multiple small projects. The projects are then economically feasible. This year's projects were also aided by several larger projects funded by the NSF and other sources.

NCALM is looking ahead to next year, because there is already interest from various project coordinators in Mexico and Central America. An announcement and planning has not begun, but general inquires can be sent to ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu (subject: 2020%20MXCA%20Campaign) . Follow @NCALM_UH on Twitter for more updates.

NCALM crew setting up a GPS

NCALM crew flying in a Navajo

Related News Stories:

www.laprensagrafica.com/cultura/Mapeo-lidar-en-tres-sitios-arqueologicos

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/field-update-2019-mexico-and-central-america-lidar

Kern River Canyon Lidar Dataset Now Available
August 13, 2019
A 250 square kilometer dataset from the Kern River Canyon is now available on OpenTopography. The area of interest was the Kern River between Bakersfield and Isabella Lake in California....
Image from OpenTopography

A 250 square kilometer dataset from the Kern River Canyon is now available on OpenTopography. The area of interest was the Kern River between Bakersfield and Isabella Lake in California. The data are part of a study of erosion and sedimentation in the lower Kern River drainage. More information and access to the data can be found here.

Geosensing Systems Engineering Seeks Instructional Faculty
June 29, 2019
Geosensing Systems Engineering Instructional Faculty Positions The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Houston invites applications for part-time...
Civil and Environmental Engineering at UH

Geosensing Systems Engineering Instructional Faculty Positions

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Houston invites applications for part-time instructional faculty positions in the Geosensing Systems Engineering (GSE) program.

Qualifications: The applicant must have an earned Ph.D. in geomatics, geodetic science, and/or a related field of civil/environmental/aerospace/mechanical engineering or equivalent professional experience. The candidate should be able to teach undergraduate and/or Master's level graduate courses related to one or more of the following areas: Geostatistics (CIVE 6393), Fundamentals of Plane Surveying (CIVE 3380), Legal Principles and Boundary Surveying (CIVE 4382), Digital Photogrammetry (CIVE 5375), and Survey Measurement & Analysis (CIVE 5386). Details on these courses can be found at the following link: CCE CEE Geomatics.

University and Department: The University of Houston is located in a park-like campus a few minutes from downtown Houston with over 37,000 undergraduate students and 8,000 graduate students. The CEE department currently has 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, with over 260 undergraduates and over 130 graduate students. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. with over 6.6 million in population in the greater Houston area. It is the "energy capital of the world" and houses the largest medical center in the world. The greater Houston area offers state-of-the-art recreational facilities, world-class arts and cultural activities, excellent schools, and affordable housing.

How to Apply: Applications should include a cover letter, complete contact information for three professional references, and a curriculum vitae. Application package should be sent to Dr. Craig Glennie via email at clglennie [at] uh.edu.

The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the U.S., seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Field Update for 2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign
June 20, 2019
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping completed four projects in Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, for several PIs. After small delays upon entering the country, NCALM was able to map...
2019 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping completed four projects in Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, for several PIs. After small delays upon entering the country, NCALM was able to map over 1,000 km2, with eight flights over nine days, throughout east Tabasco, the Palenque area, and northeast Chiapas. The team based out of the Villahermosa International Airport.

Tenosique TeamA special thanks goes to Carlos Gustavo Rosado Macosay, who granted access and electricity in his home to set up and operate a GPS base station in Tenosique. This was made possible through Takeshi Inomata's student Miguel Omar Garcia Mollinedo, and his father Miguel Garcia Hernandez. The NCALM team is grateful to Charles Golden and the Proyecto Arqueológico Busiljá-Chocoliá team for operating a base station at Finca Vallescondido, and to the Hotel Tulijá Express Palenque for providing a location for the final GPS station. Additionally, Keiko Taranishi of INAH Palenque did tremendous work in assisting NCALM complete the projects.

villahermosa.jpgThe crew, pilot, and aircraft have moved to Guatemala to continue working on multiple projects. Several hundred square kilometers are planned to be mapped before the team moves to other locations, including Belize and El Salvador. Follow @NCALM_UH on Twitter for more updates.

Seed Project Data from Guadalupe Mountains Released
May 2, 2019
A new NCALM dataset has been released by OpenTopography. The dataset, covering 63 km2 over McKittrick Canyon in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, was collected for a 2017 Seed Proposal...
Airborne Mapping in Texas and New Mexico

A new NCALM dataset has been released by OpenTopography. The dataset, covering 63 km2 over McKittrick Canyon in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, was collected for a 2017 Seed Proposal titled, “Quantifying Rock Strength Controls on Landscape Morphology in the Guadalupe Mountains, NM/TX.” Read more at opentopography.org. Additional information about the Student Seed Proposal program can be found here.

Zhiyue Sun Defends Ph.D. Dissertation
May 1, 2019
Doctoral student Zhiyue Sun successfully defended his dissertation titled, "Estimating Glacier Ice Thickness and Mass Balance using Multiple Spaceborne Geodetic Techniques." Numerous...
Zhiyue Sun Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Doctoral student Zhiyue Sun successfully defended his dissertation titled, "Estimating Glacier Ice Thickness and Mass Balance using Multiple Spaceborne Geodetic Techniques." Numerous spaceborne remote sensing techniques have been used to obtain different geodetic observations of glaciers. Contemporary estimates from these approaches yield large discrepancies in certain glacierized areas, such as the Nyainqen Tanglha, and other glacierized regions, such as the Novaya Zemlya, have been under-studied. To characterize and quantify accurate glacier mass balance estimates over Nyainqen Tanglha and Novaya Zemlya, the dissertation proposed an iterative velocity-based method to estimate thickness.

First, a new iterative method, which estimates ice thickness using surface velocity and surface topography was presented. Second, traditional spaceborne techniques of observing surface mass balance were tested in the Novaya Zemlya. Finally, the proposed thickness estimate method was applied to the four largest glaciers in the Nyainqen Tanglha. Thickness distribution maps from 2008 to 2016 were obtained, and mass balance and thickness changes were determined accordingly.

Zhiyue’s Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences (GSES) advisor was Dr. Hyongki Lee. Congratulations, Zhiyue!

Chaco Canyon Lidar Dataset Released
April 22, 2019
Over 500 km2 of lidar data at Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the surrounding area are now available on OpenTopography. The project was mapped by NCALM in 2016 as part of an NSF...
Pueblo Bonito Aerial Imagery

Over 500 km2 of lidar data at Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the surrounding area are now available on OpenTopography. The project was mapped by NCALM in 2016 as part of an NSF proposal, Collaborative Research: Three Dimensional Landscape Reconstruction and Land Use Modeling at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

New Lidar Dataset Covering Portion of San Andreas Fault Available
April 2, 2019
OpenTopography has released a new publicly-available NCALM lidar dataset covering 28 km2 of the San Andreas Fault near Parkfield, California. The data were part of the Seed Proposal program...
New Lidar Dataset Covering Portion of San Andreas Fault Available

OpenTopography has released a new publicly-available NCALM lidar dataset covering 28 km2 of the San Andreas Fault near Parkfield, California. The data were part of the Seed Proposal program and collected for a student PI. Read more at opentopography.org, where the data is also available. You can find out more about the Student Seed Proposal program here.

NCALM Announces 2018 Seed Proposal Winners
March 22, 2019
2018 Student Seed Proposal Winners Selected The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping surveys multiple projects each year for graduate student PIs whose research would be enhanced by...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

2018 Student Seed Proposal Winners Selected

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping surveys multiple projects each year for graduate student PIs whose research would be enhanced by airborne lidar data and visible imagery. Students write and submit a two- to three-page proposal to be considered for an award (details at: ncalm.cive.uh.edu/seed/about). The applications are reviewed by the NCALM Steering Committee, who then select winners based on intellectual merit and broader impact.

NCALM would like to announce that the 2018 seed proposal winners have been awarded. There were 36 submissions, and eight projects were selected. Congratulations to the following students (and their advisors):

Joel Eklof (Rebecca Neumann) University of Washington Advective heat transfer by rain as a mechanism of soil warming, CH4 release, and permafrost thaw

James Guilinger (Andrew Gray) University of California, Riverside Source attribution of eroded sediments from post-fire runoff events using nested scales of sequential change detection

Thomas Herbst (Alan Whittington) University of Missouri A bird's eye view of lava domes: Airborne laser swath mapping of Lassen Volcanic Center, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

Nate Mitchell (Brian Yanites) Indiana University Variations in bedrock cliff morphologies with fracture density and incision rate along a transient stream

Miles Reed (Nicole West) Central Michigan University Chemical erosion response to transient physical erosion along the path of a migrating knickpoint

Alba Mar Rodríguez Padilla (Michael E. Oskin) University of California, Davis Constraining rheology from lidar-based comparisons of seismogenic versus creeping normal faults

Cole M. Speed (Zoltan Sylvester & David Mohrig) University of Texas at Austin Interpreting fluvial processes from the ancient rock record: Linking geomorphology to stratigraphy using 3-D outcrops of exhumed channel-belt deposits, Eastern Utah, USA

Kirk Townsend (Marin Clark) University of Michigan The role of extreme events in setting the pace and magnitude of landscape change: Post-fire debris flows in the Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California

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