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New NCALM lidar data over Yosemite National Park, California
April 26, 2021
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 74 sq km covering the Illilouette Creek basin in Yosemite National Park, California. This...
Lidar point cloud colored by elevation over a meadow in Yosemite Valley, California.

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 74 sq km covering the Illilouette Creek basin in Yosemite National Park, California. This dataset was collected for Dr. Sally Thompson at the University of California, Berkeley in order to assess the occurrence and characteristics of post-fire erosion gullies caused by the Empire Fire in the Illilouette Creek basin...

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Hu earns NASA funding award
March 31, 2021
Xie Hu, a 2020 hire as an assistant professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping,...
Xie Hu, a 2020 hire as an assistant professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, has received a $375,000 grant from NASA for a research proposal.

Xie Hu, a 2020 hire as an assistant professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, has received a $375,000 grant for her research proposal from NASA.

NCALM Announces 2020 Seed Proposal Winners
March 10, 2021
2020 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...
 Geodetic Imaging

2020 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 2020 seed proposal winners have been awarded. Eight projects were selected to receive lidar data this year. Congratulations to the following students and their advisors:

Jordan Fields (Francis Magilligan) Dartmouth CollegeField validation of the virtual velocity approach for estimating bedload transport in gravel-bedded rivers

Kenton Fisher (Ryan Ewing) Texas A&M UniversityTopographic signatures of barrier island vulnerability

Michael Hasson (Mathieu Lapotre) Stanford UniversityMorphodyamics of an unvegetated meandering river in the McLeod Springs Wash, Nevada

Justin Higa (Seulgi Moon) University of California, Los AngelesTopographic and lithologic controls on subsurface weathering in the southern Sierra Nevada, California

Conor McMahon (Dar Roberts) University of California, Santa BarbaraRiparian vegetation mapping, classification, and historic drought response on the San Pedro River

Sarah Newcomb (Sarah Godsey) Idaho State UniversityLinking snowpack heterogeneity to subsurface storage and transmissivity in the rain-snow transition zone

Cara Piske (Adrian Harpold) University of Nevada, RenoUsing lidar to investigate forest-snow interactions in a high elevation critical zone

Sophie Rothman (Scott McCoy, Joel Scheingross) University of Nevada, RenoImpact of waterfall formation on river long profiles

Lee Approved for NOAA Grant to Forecast Inundation Extents
January 18, 2021
For University of Houston professor Hyongki Lee, living firsthand through the calamity and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 has shaped his research interests, and brought to...
Hyongki Lee, an associate professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for a grant that will hopefully lead to better flood forecasting.

For University of Houston professor Hyongki Lee, living firsthand through the calamity and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 has shaped his research interests, and brought to the forefront how important the need for a forecast flood extent can be...

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Long-Time Director of NCALM, Ramesh Shrestha, Hanging Up His Lidar Wings
December 22, 2020
Dr. Ramesh Shrestha Retiring Dr. Ramesh Shrestha will retire in January 2021 after 35 years in academia – the last 17 as Director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. Ramesh...
Dr. Ramesh Shrestha

Dr. Ramesh Shrestha Retiring

Dr. Ramesh Shrestha will retire in January 2021 after 35 years in academia – the last 17 as Director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. Ramesh has had an immeasurable impact on the applications of lidar to both science and education. NCALM has acquired airborne data for hundreds of projects all over the globe, enabling the research of hundreds of investigators, under his leadership. Ramesh was also instrumental in the establishment of a graduate program in Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences at the University of Houston. A letter of farewell to the community from Ramesh can be found here.

Despite the retirement of our founding director, mentor, and friend, the NCALM team, now led by Craig Glennie, aims for a continued improvement of the service we provide to the broad research community, with a range of sensor and platform options and community initiatives, such as cost-distributed campaigns for Mesoamerica and Alaska. Seed proposals are currently being solicited for 2020 (ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/ncalm-invites-graduate-students-submit-2020-seed-proposals), with a deadline of December 31, and NCALM has released a community expression of interest for projects in Alaska for Summer 2021 (ncalm.cive.uh.edu/news/call-expressions-interest-alaska-airborne-lidar-campaign). Anyone interested in airborne or remotely piloted system (sUAS) lidar for their projects should contact the new Director of NCALM at clglennie [at] uh.edu.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Alaska Airborne Lidar Campaign
December 4, 2020
Alaska Airborne Lidar 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...
Alaska

Alaska Airborne Lidar 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 Summer 2021. 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. 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, however. Project mobilization is also aided by larger projects funded by other sources.

NCALM has initial commitments 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 Summer 2021.

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 May 1, 2021, so we can begin logistics and flight planning. A final commitment and confirmation of funds will be requested by June 1, 2021, so the mapping campaign can be executed during Summer 2021.
Geosensing Systems Engineering Seeks New Tenure-Track Faculty
November 12, 2020
Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Program Seeks Tenure-Track Faculty for Assistant Professor The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of...
University of Houston Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences Program Seeks Tenure-Track Faculty for Assistant Professor

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Houston invites applications for one full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences (GSES) program.

Applicant Qualifications: The applicant must have an earned Ph.D. in geomatics, geodetic science, or a related field of civil, environmental, aerospace, or mechanical engineering with some working knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following: machine learning and artificial intelligence, synthetic aperture radar, satellite geodesy, GNSS, lidar, hyper-spectral imaging, photogrammetry and machine vision, signal processing or optics, and remote sensing instrument design and development.

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 9,000 graduate students. The CEE department currently has 21 tenured or tenure-track faculty members with over 340 undergraduates, and over 125 graduate students.

Read the full University of Houston job announcement and description here: Assistant Professor - Geosensing Systems Engineering - (FAC001609).

 

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The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

New NCALM dataset available covering portions of Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument, Utah
October 26, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 230 sq km covering Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument, Utah (Shash Jáa Unit). This...
Point cloud colored by elevation.

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering approximately 230 sq km covering Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument, Utah (Shash Jáa Unit). This dataset was collected for a study to explore the dynamic impacts of environmental change and biomass harvesting on woodland ecosystems and traditional livelihoods...

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NCALM Invites Graduate Students to Submit 2020 Seed Proposals
September 28, 2020
2020 Seed Proposal Period: October 1–December 31 The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate student PIs seeking airborne lidar data for use in research...
National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

2020 Seed Proposal Period: October 1–December 31

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate student PIs seeking airborne lidar data for use in research toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. NCALM maps up to eight projects each year, covering up to 40 sq km, for graduate students who require lidar data. Seed Proposal Grants are supported by the NSF.

See NCALM's Seed Proposals and Format Guidelines pages for background information and instructions on submitting a proposal. The submission period is Thursday, October 1–Thursday, December 31, 2020. Contact ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu for more information.

This year NCALM will also consider completing a limited number of the projects using lidar collected from a UAS (drone) platform. Areas of interest for UAS must be no more than 2 sq km, less than 8,000 ft MSL, be accessible by public road, and deployment (from a major city) and mapping must be achievable within three days.

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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...

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