NCALM Announces 2019 Seed Proposal Winners

National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

2019 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 ( 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 2019 seed proposal winners have been awarded. Eight projects were selected to receive lidar data this year. Congratulations to the following students and their advisors:

Kaili Brande (Frank Davis)
University of California, Santa Barbara
3D fuel structure and plant community composition in relation to prescribed fire at the University of California Sedgwick Reserve

Louis Graup (Naomi Tague)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Preserving mountains as 'water towers' through forest management

Brooke Hunter (Joshua Roering)
University of Oregon
Douglas Fire, Oregon – Post-fire debris flow detection and erosion under private and public land management

Cassie Lumbrazo (Jessica Lundquist)
University of Washington
Using LiDAR to evaluate the hydrologic effects of forest restoration in Washington State’s eastern Cascade Mountains

Emma Menio (Jackson Cothren)
University of Arkansas
Fans of rock and roll: Sediment transport legacy on an Arctic alluvial fan

Justin Nghiem (Michael Lamb)
(California Institute of Technology)
Understanding modern coastal sediment accretion rates and spatial patterns in the Wax Lake Delta, LA

Collin Roland (Lucas Zoet)
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Lake Michigan coastal erosion: Measuring geomorphic response to extremely high lake levels

Corey Scheip (Karl Wegmann)
North Carolina State University
Utilization of airborne lidar to evaluate regional landslide area-volume scaling relationships after a large rainfall-triggered mass wasting event in western North Carolina