Congratulations to Emily Kleber, a Geospatial Data Specialist for OpenTopography, on receiving a National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship to study earthquakes in Japan this summer.
The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) obtained 90 meter (3 arc-second) resolution data on a near-global scale (between 56 degrees South and 60 degrees North latitude) and 30 meter (1 arc-second) resolution over United States, providing a valuable global topographic dataset. The SRTM data were collected during an 11-day mission in February of 2000 from a radar system onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. The SRTM project was led by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and NASA.
OpenTopography has received a Windows Azure for Research Award from Microsoft Research. The Windows Azure for Research program "facilitates and accelerates scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to use the power of Windows Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud".
OpenTopography recently released five new point cloud datasets collected over parts of the Big Island and Kauai in Hawaii. These datasets were collected in 2013 by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM). NCALM is a 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.
On account of the winter holiday break and San Diego Supercomputer Center and University of California, San Diego closures, OpenTopography will be providing reduced support between December 21st and January 1st. OpenTopography systems will be fully available and users may run jobs as they normally do. However, responses to email, system outages, and bug reports may be delayed. If you have questions or concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
OpenTopography is in San Francisco this week for the 2013 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13th, 2013. Find us at the following events:
OpenTopography booth in the exhibit hall - We're sharing a booth with NCALM again this year. Booth #119 in "NSF Row". Stop by to see OT demos, get updates on the latest datasets, and to talk with the OT team. We'll also have more of the extremely popular "I Heart Lidar" stickers:
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new datasets covering areas of California, Colorado and Florida. These datasets were collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) during 2010 - 2012 campaigns. NCALM is a NSF-funded center that supports the use of airborne laser mapping technology (a.k.a.
OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of almost 50,000 square kilometers of point cloud and raster data covering the state of Indiana. The recently released Indiana 2011-2013 Statewide Lidar represents a joint effort to make statewide data available by several Indiana state and federal agencies as well as private companies and individuals through a service agreement with OpenTopography.
OpenTopography is guided by an advisory committee which represents OpenTopography users and partners and provides valuable input on decisions related to OpenTopography priorities for data ingestion, interoperability relationships, algorithm and tool deployment, collaborations, and education and community engagement. We seek a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) to join the advisory committee and represent the interests of young scientists who interact with OpenTopography.