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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.

2014 Seed Proposal Submission Period – Closed
September 24, 2014
Request for NCALM Seed Proposals from Graduate Students... The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites proposals from graduate...

Request for NCALM Seed Proposals from Graduate Students...

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites proposals from graduate students seeking Airborne Laser Swath Mapping observations covering limited areas (no more than 40 square kilometers) for use in research toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Proposals must be submitted online. For background information and complete guidelines for submitting a proposal, please see the Seed Proposals and Format Guidelines pages. The deadline for proposal submission is November 10, 2014. For more information, contact ncalm [at] egr.uh.edu or call 832.842.8881.

Best Wishes to Dr. Umut Sefercik
September 7, 2014
Visiting professor Dr. Umut Sefercik recently completed a yearlong research program with the University of Houston and NCALM. Dr. Sefercik is an assistant professor in the Department of...
Dr. Umut Sefercik

Visiting professor Dr. Umut Sefercik recently completed a yearlong research program with the University of Houston and NCALM. Dr. Sefercik is an assistant professor in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at Bülent Ecevit University, in Zonguldak, Turkey. In 2010, he completed his Ph.D. in Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering at Bülent Ecevit University, with a thesis entitled, "Generation and Evaluation of DEMs Derived by TerraSAR-X InSAR Images." His research interests include quality assessment and quality control of DEMs and DSMs derived from space-borne imagery and airborne laser scanning data.

The NCALM and GSES faculty, staff, and students wish the best of luck to Dr. Sefercik!

OpenTopography Releases Seven New NCALM Datasets
August 26, 2014
OpenTopography has just released seven new LiDAR datasets, including data from Seed projects, collected by NCALM during 2011 and 2013. The projects were located in Arizona, California,...

OpenTopography has just released seven new LiDAR datasets, including data from Seed projects, collected by NCALM during 2011 and 2013. The projects were located in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Oregon, and Utah. The surveyed areas encompassed over 550 square kilometers. The related research included landform and watercourse changes, volcanic features, and flooding events.

The OpenTopography announcement and links to the available data can be found here.

Craig Glennie Appointed Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Surveying
August 19, 2014
The American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Surveying's newest associate editor is Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College.
Craig Glennie

The American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Surveying's newest associate editor is Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College.

NCALM Maps the Agua Blanca Fault in Mexico
August 13, 2014
A team from NCALM recently traveled to Ensenada, Mexico, in Baja California, to scan the Agua Blanca Fault. Several miles of the fault were mapped for collaborating researchers from CICESE...
Ensenada Mexico Team

A team from NCALM recently traveled to Ensenada, Mexico, in Baja California, to scan the Agua Blanca Fault. Several miles of the fault were mapped for collaborating researchers from CICESE (Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education) and the University of Texas. The processed data will be used to study the surface and displacement of the fault. An article about the project from CICESE is available here. (Click here to read the original version in Spanish.)

Additionally, during the spring, NCALM flew several missions over a two-week period in the Mexican states of Campeche, Veracruz, and Merida. Multiple Mesoamerican archaeological sites were surveyed for anthropological researchers.

NCALM Researchers Win New Investigator Awards from NASA
July 7, 2014
Two NCALM researchers have been independently selected by NASA for research grants. Dr. Hyongki Lee and Dr. Saurabh Prasad each won awards in the New Investigator Program in Earth Science....

Two NCALM researchers have been independently selected by NASA for research grants. Dr. Hyongki Lee and Dr. Saurabh Prasad each won awards in the New Investigator Program in Earth Science. Their abstracts are titled, Estimating Two-Dimensional Surface Water Depths in the Congo Wetlands Using Multiple Remote Sensing Measurements and Novel Bayesian Image Analysis for Robust Multisensor Remote Sensing With Applications to Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring, respectively. The Cullen College of Engineering announcements can be read here and here. Congratulations Dr. Lee and Dr. Prasad!

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