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Three new NCALM datasets released from California, and Mexico

May 7, 2020

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of three new datasets covering areas of California, and Mexico. These datasets were collected by NCALM, 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

Remote Exercise on Folds Near The San Andreas Fault

May 4, 2020

Given the necessity for online and remote learning on account of the coronavirus pandemic, we have designed an exercise for structural geology classes where students learn about the classical Painted Canyon site near the Southern San Andreas Fault, California, by analyzing a point cloud of a fold located near the fault. This activity is designed to serve as an alternative to typical field activities with a structural geology emphasis.

Two new Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) datasets released

Feb 28, 2020

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of two new lidar datasets covering over 1100 km2. Both datasets were collected in 2018, and cover the Christchurch city area in the South Island, as well as the Palmerston North region in the North Island of New Zealand.

USGS 3DEP Data Now Available to Academic Users in OpenTopography Pilot

Feb 19, 2020

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is an ambitious effort to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) by 2023 to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds – collected in a timeframe of less than a decade. Since 2015, USGS and federal, state, local and non-government partners have collected over 2 million square miles of high resolution topography data, covering nearly 67% of the United States.

New lidar datasets available: Kern Canyon and Lake Isabella, CA

Dec 9, 2019

OpenTopography is pleased to announce the release of a new lidar dataset covering about 439 km2 along Kern Canyon, CA. The dataset was collected in 2008 for the Army Corps of Engineers and was used to identify late Quaternary deformation, and other seismogenic processes that are occurring in this region of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. These data were also used for analysis and mapping of floodplains along the Kern River.

OpenTopography at the 2019 American Geophysical Union Meeting

Dec 7, 2019

Connect with OpenTopography at the 2019 American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, CA! OpenTopography will be in booth #311 on "NSF Street" in the exhibit hall. The booth is shared with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM). Our booth is staffed by the OpenTopography team and community members, and is a great chance to ask questions, provide feedback, or to discuss lidar, high resolution topography, and cyberinfrastructure.

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