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Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning
April 10, 2015
Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported...

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford higher quality but more expensive conventional earthquake early warning systems.

NCALM Completes Survey at El Ceibal, Guatemala
March 30, 2015
The NCALM crew recently completed a field campaign at El Ceibal, in Peten, Guatemala. The project included mapping a 400 km2 site for researchers from Ibaraki University (Japan) and the...
El Ceibal, Guatemala

The NCALM crew recently completed a field campaign at El Ceibal, in Peten, Guatemala. The project included mapping a 400 km2 site for researchers from Ibaraki University (Japan) and the University of Arizona. The survey was completed in five flights, with the aircraft based in Guatemala City (MGGT) and Flores (MGMM). This marks the first time NCALM has worked in Guatemala. "Comparative Studies of Ancient American Civilizations" will provide research-quality lidar data to further the understanding of the Mayan civilization in this region. See our Facebook page for more project images. Currently, the crew is mapping several sites in Mexico.

UH Researchers Help Uncover Further Evidence of an Ancient Culture in Honduran Jungle
March 6, 2015
A scientist with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) at the University of Houston was part of the first expedition to a remote area of the Honduran rain forest, returning...

A scientist with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) at the University of Houston was part of the first expedition to a remote area of the Honduran rain forest, returning with more supporting evidence of an ancient civilization that has yet to be named.

OpenTopography Releases Two New NCALM Datasets
March 3, 2015
Two NCALM datasets are newly available through OpenTopography. The datasets include the Lunar Crater volcanic field in Nevada, and the confluence of the Blue River and Colorado River in the...

Two NCALM datasets are newly available through OpenTopography. The datasets include the Lunar Crater volcanic field in Nevada, and the confluence of the Blue River and Colorado River in the state of Colorado. Both datasets were collected in the summer of 2012. The data is available by following the links from here.

Professor Helps South Asian Countries Manage Water Resources With NASA Grant
March 3, 2015
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won a grant through NASA’s Applied Sciences Program to help South Asian...

Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won a grant through NASA’s Applied Sciences Program to help South Asian nations independently manage their water resources using softwar

NCALM Announces 2014 Seed Proposal Winners
February 9, 2015
The 2014 winners of NCALM's seed proposal program have been selected. Congratulations to the student winners and their advisors! Read the full announcement here.

The 2014 winners of NCALM's seed proposal program have been selected. Congratulations to the student winners and their advisors! Read the full announcement here.

Greetings from ANTARCTICA
December 10, 2014
The NCALM field crew was recently deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). The crew is using the recently acquired Titan MW...
McMurdo Dry Valleys Team

The NCALM field crew was recently deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). The crew is using the recently acquired Titan MW multispectral lidar sensor to map the nearby McMurdo Dry Valleys. Mapping will include 5000 km2 of valleys, mountains, and glaciers. The project is headed by PI Andrew Fountain (Portland State University) and Co-PI Paul Morin (University of Minnesota). The data acquisition also includes visible imagery.

The team will spend six weeks collecting and processing data out of McMurdo Station, which is located on Ross Island, approximately 45 nmi from the project area. The often unpredictable local weather and complicated logistics of surveying in Antarctica will make this one of the most challenging projects undertaken by NCALM to date. NCALM is flying their instrument in a Twin Otter operated by Kenn Borek Air Ltd.

Be sure to check out more pictures from "The Ice" at NCALM's Facebook page.

NCALM Acquires New Titan Lidar Sensor
December 2, 2014
NCALM would like to announce the acceptance and acquisition of a new Optech Titan lidar sensor. The new instrument is a multichannel sensor that emits laser pulses at 532, 1064, and 1550 nm...
Optech Titan MW

NCALM would like to announce the acceptance and acquisition of a new Optech Titan lidar sensor. The new instrument is a multichannel sensor that emits laser pulses at 532, 1064, and 1550 nm. Read the full NCALM announcement here. Optech's announcement, as well as more information on the Titan, can be found here.

Postdoctoral Researcher Joins NCALM/GSES Group
November 24, 2014
Dr. Yang Liu joined NCALM/GSES on September 1st, as a postdoctoral researcher. He graduated with his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Dr. Liu’s research interests...
Yang Liu

Dr. Yang Liu joined NCALM/GSES on September 1st, as a postdoctoral researcher. He graduated with his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Dr. Liu’s research interests include the fusion of hyperspectral imagery and bathymetric lidar datasets, as well as lidar data calibration. He will continue his exploration into these areas at the NCALM facility.

We welcome Dr. Liu to our team of researchers and students!

OpenTopography Releases Two New NCALM Datasets
October 3, 2014
OpenTopography recently released two lidar datasets collected by NCALM during the 2012 survey season. The two projects are located in California and New Mexico and contain over 450 square...

OpenTopography recently released two lidar datasets collected by NCALM during the 2012 survey season. The two projects are located in California and New Mexico and contain over 450 square kilometers of mapped area. The announcement and links to the data can be found here.

The California dataset – a fault slip study – was flown as part of an NCALM student seed proposal. As a reminder, the seed proposal submission period for 2014 is currently open until November 10th. The New Mexico dataset was part of an investigation studying landscape response due to fire.

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