The National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) recently moved its operations to the University of Houston (UH). This move allows the university to expand its work in areas including wind farm site planning, homeland security and disaster recovery.
‘In coming years, our group plans to develop a next-generation LIDAR system,’ says Ramesh Shrestha, director of NCALM. ‘The unit would be less expensive than commercially available systems and allow for some of the most accurate, highest-resolution observations possible in laser mapping.’
Based upon historical information, revenues generated by the center's operation are anticipated to be $1 million per year and will be reinvested in the program, according to UH.Â
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