OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of four new datasets collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM). These four data sets cover areas in the states of Florida, Oregon, and New Hampshire and were collected for a variety of scientific purposes including identifying Gopher Tortoise habitat, monitoring hurricane frequency and analyzing the effects of natural and man-made dams.
NCALM is an NSF-funded center that supports the use of airborne laser mapping technology (a.k.a. lidar) in the scientific community and is jointly operated by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston and the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California-Berkeley. Three of these datasets were collected under NCALM's graduate student seed proposal program that awards ten projects per year to graduate student PIs who need lidar data for their research. Each collection is typically limited to no more than 40 square kilometers.