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COVID-19 Mexico and Central America Campaign Update
June 15, 2020
NCALM Considers Options for Campaign The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is still on standby for the 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign due to travel...
Mexico and Cemtral America

NCALM Considers Options for Campaign

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is still on standby for the 2020 Mexico and Central America Lidar Collection Campaign due to travel restrictions. We also recognize that the rainy season has begun. We will continue to delay the campaign until we obtain satisfactory health and mapping conditions and government authorizations.

NCALM is considering a postponement until Spring 2021 as a viable option. We may develop a short campaign in November 2020, early in the dry season, for those with time-critical projects. However, the main decision factor will be the health and safety of the people in the regions we visit and our crew. Assessing the risk for the mapping crew includes contracting and spreading COVID-19 and the risk of an accident or illness requiring healthcare assistance in a possibly overwhelmed system.

We appreciate your patience and will keep you informed as information becomes available.

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Updated Release of Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence NCALM Lidar Datasets Funded by USGS & NSF
June 15, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of an updated 2019 lidar dataset, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and...
Ridgecrest Lidar Coverage from OpenTopography

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of an updated 2019 lidar dataset, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. National Science Foundation, covering 784 sq km of the region impacted by the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence in southern California...

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Three New NCALM Datasets Released from California and Mexico
June 1, 2020
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new datasets covering areas of California, and Mexico... Continue reading at OpenTopography.
3D point cloud of a forested valley with points colored by elevation. Amaya creek runs through this section of the Soquel Demonstration State Forest in California.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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