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The mission of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) is to:

  • Provide research-quality airborne light detection and ranging (lidar) observations to the scientific community.
  • Advance the state of the art in airborne laser mapping.
  • Train and educate graduate students with knowledge of airborne mapping to meet the needs of academic institutions, government agencies, and private industry.

NCALM is based at the University of Houston and is operated in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. The center is supported by the National Science Foundation and is associated with the multi-disciplinary Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences graduate program at the University of Houston.


Two New NCALM Datasets Over Alaska Now Available

Two new NCALM (National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping) seed datasets are now available from OpenTopography. The dataset, "Monitoring the Mass Balance of Eklutna Glacier, AK 2023" was…
Hillshade of a portion of the Eklutna Glacier. (Credit: OpenTopography)
Cullen Researcher Reveals Pre-Collapse Monitoring Of Kakhovka Dam, Ukraine

By: Laurie Fickman On the morning of June 6, 2023, a substantial portion of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine – vital for water management and hydroelectric power generation – suffered a collapse…
UH assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Pietro Milillo presents results of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, which measures infrastructure deformation from space with millimetric accuracy. (Credit: Cullen College of Engineering)
Glennie Leading Effort for $63.5M DoD Contract to Revolutionize Army Decision-Making

By: Laurie Fickman The University of Houston has been awarded a $63.5 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense to help the Army make effective and timely decisions with a strong…
Craig Glennie, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of engineering defense research initiatives at the UH Cullen College of Engineering. (Credit: Cullen College of Engineering)
New NCALM Datasets in California, and Montana Now Available

Three new NCALM (National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping) datasets are now available from OpenTopography. Two of these datasets examine hydrologic processes that affect channel evolution…
3D point cloud of lidar data over the Swan River in Montana. (Credit: OpenTopography)
CEE's Hoskere Wins Grant to Research Digitizing Texas Bridges

By: Stephen Greenwell An assistant professor at the Cullen College of Engineering has been awarded a three-year, $505,286 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to…
Vedhus Hoskere, an assistant professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, is the lead PI for research. (Credit: Cullen College of Engineering)