New NCALM dataset over the South Padre Island, TX available

Sep 1, 2022

A new lidar dataset covering 61 km2 over Padre Island, TX is now available on OpenTopography. This lidar dataset was collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) as part of the Seed grant program for Kenton Fisher at Texas A&M University. This dataset was collected to help analyze changes in the sand budget, elevation, and geomorphic facies of Padre Island.

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. OpenTopography is the primary distributor of NCALM data.

Find the data here:

Hillshade on DSM
Hillshade draped on a Digital Surface Model (DSM) colored by elevation of the Port Mansfield Channel on Padre Island.

Point cloud colored by Intensity.
Point cloud over Port Mansfield Channel colored by lidar intensity.