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Lee Receives Grant for South Korean Water, Satellite Project
May 19, 2020
Dr. Hyongki Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the K-Water Institute of...
Dr. Hyongki Lee

Dr. Hyongki Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the K-Water Institute of South Korea to study flood monitoring and management in that country, via the development of algorithms for satellite data.

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UH Researchers Improving Resolution in 3D Data Collected by Drones
April 21, 2020
Drones have become a quick and relatively inexpensive way to capture on-the-ground images of geographic areas, offering valuable information to soldiers and others. But those images have a...
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Drones have become a quick and relatively inexpensive way to capture on-the-ground images of geographic areas, offering valuable information to soldiers and others. But those images have a drawback: they often can’t accurately be compared with images taken previously – images which generally were collected using different standards and formats – in order to determine how the terrain has changed over time.

NCALM Continúa la Planificación para un Despliegue Rápido una vez que las Autoridades determinen que las Condiciones son Seguras para Trabajos de Investigación Internacionales
March 31, 2020
NCALM Avanza los Preparativos para Mapeo en México y América Central El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Láser Aéreo a suspendido temporalmente los planes de las campanas de mapeo debido a las...
Lidar-Derived DEM of Caracol, Belize

NCALM Avanza los Preparativos para Mapeo en México y América Central

El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Láser Aéreo a suspendido temporalmente los planes de las campanas de mapeo debido a las restricciones de viaje impuestas por diversos gobiernos, incluyendo el federal de EE.UU., el estatal de Texas, y los de las naciones anfitrionas. La situación es fluida y las operaciones de NCALM requieren coordinación y aprobación de múltiples jurisdicciones y niveles de gobierno. En consecuencia, no podemos predecir con precisión una fecha de inicio para la Campaña de Colección Lidar 2020 de México y América Central para Proyectos Pequeños y Medianos.

NCALM continua los preparativos para movilizar el equipo y personal tan pronto como las diversas autoridades levanten las restricciones de viaje y de trabajo no esencial. En temporadas pasadas, hemos podido trabajar en esta región tan tarde como Julio, a pesar de la estar en plena temporada de lluvias. Nos mantenemos optimistas y esperamos que, si la situación se regulariza en los próximos meses, podamos mapear los proyectos de México y Centroamérica este año. NCALM continuará actualizando a los Investigadores Principales a medida que la información nos esté disponible.

Nuestras prioridades son poder completar proyectos de mapeo en una manera segura y eficaz, manteniendo informados a los investigadores principales sobre nuestros planes.

Noticias Relacionadas:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/comenzo-la-planificacion-para-campana-de-mapeo-lidar-2020-en-mexico-y-america-central

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/small-projects-mapped-through-community-resource-pooling

NCALM Continues Planning for Rapid Deployment Once Authorities Deem Conditions Safe for International Work
March 31, 2020
NCALM Advances Preparations for Mapping in Mexico & Central America The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is holding in place due to travel restrictions from U.S. federal,...
Lidar-Derived DEM of Caracol, Belize

NCALM Advances Preparations for Mapping in Mexico & Central America

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is holding in place due to travel restrictions from U.S. federal, Texas state, and foreign host governments. The situation is fluid, and NCALM’s operations require coordination with, and approval from, multiple jurisdictions and levels of government. Consequently, we cannot accurately predict a 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects start date at this time.

NCALM is preparing to deploy as soon as the various authorities lift the non-essential travel and work restrictions. We have been able to work in the region into July and the rainy season in the past. We are optimistic and hopeful that if the situation settles in the next months, we can map the Mexico and Central America projects this year. NCALM will continue to update Principal Investigators as information becomes available to us.

Our top priorities are being able to complete mapping projects safely and efficiently while keeping PIs informed regarding our plans.

Related News:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/planning-underway-2020-mexico-and-central-america-lidar-campaign

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/small-projects-mapped-through-community-resource-pooling

Ridgecrest earthquake sequence NCALM lidar datasets funded by USGS & NSF released
March 31, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new 2019 lidar datasets, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and funded by the U.S. Geological...
Lidar-Derived DEM of Trona Pinnacles Near Ridgecrest, CA

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new 2019 lidar datasets, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. National Science Foundation...

Continue reading at OpenTopography.

Comenzó la Planificación para Campaña de Mapeo Lidar 2020 en México y América Central
March 16, 2020
NCALM se Prepara para el Mapeo en México y América Central El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Aéreo con Laser está con mucha anticipación para iniciar la segunda campaña internacional de...
México y América Central

NCALM se Prepara para el Mapeo en México y América Central

El Centro Nacional de Mapeo Aéreo con Laser está con mucha anticipación para iniciar la segunda campaña internacional de recolección de datos lidar para proyectos pequeños. Hay entusiasmo continuado por parte de la comunidad científica para obtener datos lidar de calidad para investigación. El éxito del año pasado demostró que el método de costo compartido es factible en la región.

La planificación para la Campaña de Mapeo Lidar 2020 en México y América Central para proyectos pequeños y medianos está en curso. Hay 10 proyectos comprometidos en México, Belice y Honduras. NCALM cuenta con carnets y licencias de exportación. El Centro está trabajando con los investigadores principales de cada proyecto para adquirir los permisos necesarios para las ubicaciones a mapear.

La Universidad de Houston ha restringido los viajes internacionales durante Marzo 2020 debido al COVID-19, por lo que se anticipa que el mapeo pudiera comenzar en Abril dependiendo de la evolución de la pandemia y las medidas de prevención que se tomen en la región. Investigadores principales pueden esperar actualizaciones por correo electrónico a medida que continúa la coordinación de la campaña.

Noticias relacionadas:

ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/small-projects-mapped-through-community-resource-pooling

www.uh.edu/president/communications/communicae/20200309-covid-19-update-faculty-staff

Planning Underway for 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Campaign
March 11, 2020
NCALM Prepares for Mapping in Mexico & Central America The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is eager to begin the second international small-project campaign. There is...
Mexico and Central America Focus

NCALM Prepares for Mapping in Mexico & Central America

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is eager to begin the second international small-project campaign. There is continued enthusiasm for research-grade lidar data. Last year’s success demonstrated that the cost-sharing method is feasible in the region.

Planning for the 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects is ongoing. There are 10 committed projects in Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. NCALM has export licenses and carnets in place. The Center is working with PIs to acquire the necessary permits for each location.

The University of Houston has restricted international travel during March due to COVID-19 concerns, so it is anticipated that mapping may begin in April subject to the evolution of the pandemic and control measures being taken in the region. Principal Investigators can expect updates through email as project coordination continues.

Related News Stories:

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www.uh.edu/president/communications/communicae/20200309-covid-19-update-faculty-staff

NCALM Announces 2019 Seed Proposal Winners
March 10, 2020
2019 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

2019 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. Students write and submit a two- to three-page proposal to be considered for an award (ncalm.cive.uh.edu/seed/about). The applications are reviewed by the NCALM Steering Committee, who select winners based on intellectual merit and broader impact.

NCALM would like to announce that the 2019 seed proposal winners have been awarded. Eight projects were selected to receive lidar data this year. Congratulations to the following students and their advisors:

Kaili Brande (Frank Davis) University of California, Santa Barbara3D fuel structure and plant community composition in relation to prescribed fire at the University of California Sedgwick Reserve

Louis Graup (Naomi Tague) University of California, Santa BarbaraPreserving mountains as 'water towers' through forest management

Brooke Hunter (Joshua Roering) University of OregonDouglas Fire, Oregon – Post-fire debris flow detection and erosion under private and public land management

Cassie Lumbrazo (Jessica Lundquist) University of WashingtonUsing LiDAR to evaluate the hydrologic effects of forest restoration in Washington State’s eastern Cascade Mountains

Emma Menio (Jackson Cothren) University of ArkansasFans of rock and roll: Sediment transport legacy on an Arctic alluvial fan

Justin Nghiem (Michael Lamb) (California Institute of Technology)Understanding modern coastal sediment accretion rates and spatial patterns in the Wax Lake Delta, LA

Collin Roland (Lucas Zoet) University of Wisconsin–MadisonLake Michigan coastal erosion: Measuring geomorphic response to extremely high lake levels

Corey Scheip (Karl Wegmann) North Carolina State UniversityUtilization of airborne lidar to evaluate regional landslide area-volume scaling relationships after a large rainfall-triggered mass wasting event in western North Carolina

Call for Expressions of Interest in Alaskan Airborne Lidar Campaign
January 8, 2020
Alaska Airborne Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is announcing a call for expressions of interest from...
Alaska

Alaska Airborne Lidar Collection Campaign for Small- and Medium-Sized Projects

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is announcing a call for expressions of interest from researchers with small- to medium-sized projects and budgets in Alaska for late Summer 2020 (August–September). NCALM has received numerous inquiries from researchers with small projects in Alaska over the years. The size of these projects and their associated budgets make them economically and practically unfeasible. However, it is possible to survey small projects, and bring large benefits to the broader community, if several small projects are grouped together and the mobilization costs are distributed. Project mobilization is also aided by larger projects funded by other sources.

NCALM has initially received expressions of interest for flights near Anchorage, AK. We are looking for additional projects to complement these sites. The smallest individual project budget that will be considered is $10,000. Exact coverage will be determined based on collection density, distance to airports, neighboring projects, and other factors. Send a short description of your project, potential budget, and KMZ of your study area if you have interest in participating in a community collection campaign. Projects must be research focused and can include, but are not limited to, glaciology, geology, hydrology, and seismology.

Please contact us for more information about the campaign and forward this announcement to other researchers that may have an interest in such data collection. The more projects that are organized together, the larger the areas that can be collected for individual projects. NCALM plans to perform data collection in August and September of 2020.

Contact NCALM at ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu for more information.

Notes:

    NCALM is not providing the budget or funds to perform mapping. We are organizing a campaign to optimize the funds researchers currently have or can obtain. If you are interested in pursuing cooperative work, please send NCALM a response that includes a KMZ of your study area, a one-to-two paragraph description of your research objectives, and a budget of your potentially available funds. NCALM will work with PIs to develop a plan to allow data collection in their focus area.

Deadlines:

    NCALM is requesting a preliminary commitment by June 1, 2020, so we can begin the paperwork and preparation of logistics and flight planning. A final commitment and confirmation of funds will be requested by July 1, 2020, so the mapping campaign can be executed during August–September 2020.
NCALM at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting
December 4, 2019
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping/Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Presentations and Posters at 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting NCALM will be at the 2019...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping/Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Presentations and Posters at 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

NCALM will be at the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Monday, December 9–Friday, December 13. Faculty, staff, and students will be available at Booth 311, shared with OpenTopograhpy, on "NSF Street."

Presentations:

Xinxiang Zhu, Craig Glennie, and Benjamin Brooks – NH14A-05: Automated Change Detection using Cylindrical Primitives Generated from a Deep Neural Network Monday, December 9, 2019, 17:00–17:15 Moscone West – 2016, L2

Preston Hartzell and Craig Glennie – NH14A-08: Rigorous Error Propagation for Topographic Displacements Derived from Image Correlation Monday, December 9, 2019, 17:45–18:00 Moscone West – 2016, L2

Posters:

M. Camille Barlow, Craig Glennie, Jennifer Telling, and Andrew Fountain – C31A-1480: Spatial Variability of Lateral Stream Channel Migration Over a Valley-Wide Scale: Taylor Valley, Antarctica Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00–12:20 Moscone South – Poster Hall

Andrea Albright and Craig Glennie – C31C-1545: Investigation of ICESat-2 and Landsat/Sentinel-2 Imagery Fusion for Retrieval of Nearshore Bathymetry Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00–12:20 Moscone South – Poster Hall

Kenneth Hudnut, Benjamin Brooks, Katherine Scharer, Janis Hernandez, Timothy Dawson, Michael Oskin, Ramon Arrowsmith, Kelly Ruth Blake, Stephan Bork, Matthew Boggs, Craig Glennie, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, Abhinav Singhania, and Darren Hauser – S31F-0466: Airborne Lidar and Electro-Optical Imagery Along Surface Ruptures of the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence, Southern California Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00–12:20 Moscone South – Poster Hall

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