Overview of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM)
University of Houston
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) is an NSF-supported research center to further the use of airborne laser mapping technology in the scientific community. NCALM is based at the University of Houston (UH) Geosensing Imaging and Mapping (GIM) Lab. The center’s remote sensing equipment includes a 167 kHz Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM or LiDAR system), waveform digitizer, green laser sensor head for bathymetry, high-resolution digital aerial camera, and CASI 1500 hyperspectral imager, all of which are currently operated from a Cessna 337 aircraft. Data are collected in areas selected through a competitive NSF grant review process. In this presentation, Professor Shrestha will provide a brief overview of NCALM, including the center’s history and current research activities. Dr. Shrestha will also discuss the process by which a Principal Investigator can request NSF funds for NCALM to collect research grade ALSM (LiDAR) data.
Ramesh Shrestha is the director of the NSF National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and is a Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor at the University of Houston.