Call for Expressions of Interest in Alaskan Airborne Lidar Campaign

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.