Craig Glennie
Dr. Craig Glennie, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Cullen College of Engineering Professor
Director, Geosensing Systems Engineering Graduate Program
Office Location: UH NCALM, 5000 Gulf Freeway, Bldg. 4, Rm 216, Houston, TX 77204-5059
Phone: 832-842-8861 | Fax: 713-743-0186
Email: clglennie [at] uh.edu


Ph.D. Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, 1999
B.Sc. Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, 1996

Professional Experience: 

2020 - present, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Houston
2016 - 2020, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Houston
2010 - 2016, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Houston
2007 - 2010, Vice President of Engineering, Terrapoint USA Inc.
2006 - 2007, Senior Systems Engineer, Terrapoint USA Inc.
2004 - 2006, Director of Operations, Terrapoint USA Inc.
2000 - 2004, Senior Geomatics Engineer, Aerotec LLC.
1999 - 2000, Geomatics Engineer, The Focus Corporation


Fundamentals of Plane Surveying (CIVE 3380)
Geostatistics (CIVE 6393)
Lidar Systems and Applications (CIVE 6382)
Special Topics (CIVE 7397)

Awards & Honors: 


Research Interests: 

Kinematic remote sensing system integration and calibration, lidar processing and analysis, 3D change detection, open source software development.


Glennie, C., “Remote Sensing for Rapid Response to Gulf Oil Spills,” Presented at Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology (THC-IT) Annual Conference, Houston, TX, August 5, 2011.
Glennie, C., J. Dueitt, “A Comparison of Laser Scanners for Mobile Mapping Applications,” Presented at ASPRS 2011, Milwaukee, WI, May 1-5, 2011.
Carter, W.E., Shrestha, R.L., Glennie, C., Sartori, M., Fernandez-Diaz, J., “Geodetic Imaging for Rapid Assessment of Earthquakes: Airborne Laser Scanning,” AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 13-17, 2010.
Glennie, C., J. Dueitt, K. Kusevic, “ Automated Accuracy Assessment and Boresight Adjustment of LiDAR Using Generalized 3D Surfaces”, Presented at ASPRS 2009, Baltimore, Maryland, March 9-13, 2009.
Glennie, C, “A Kinematic Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning System” Presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA, January 11-15, 2009
Al-Durgham, M., G. Fotopoulos, and C. Glennie, ”On the Accuracy of LiDAR Derived Digital Elevation Models“, Presented at the IAG International Symposium on Gravity, Geoid and Earth Observation (GGEO 2008), Chania, Greece, June 23-27, 2008.
Al-Durgham, M., G. Fotopoulos, and C. Glennie, “Relative and Absolute Accuracy Analysis of LiDAR Derived Digital Elevation Models” Presented at CGU Annual Meeting, Banff, Canda, May 10-14, 2008.

Invited Presentations / Lectures: 

Mandli, R., Glennie, C., and Wygant, C., “Mobile Scanning Primer,” SPAR 2011 Conference, March 25, 2011.

Glennie, C., “Mobile Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning for High Accuracy Applications”, University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Geosciences, September 10, 2010.

Glennie, C., “TITAN Mobile Scanning Solutions”, ASPRS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 27th, 2010.

Mandli, R., Caya, J., Glennie, C., and Ysseldyk, B., “Mobile Scanning and Mapping Boot Camp,” SPAR 2010 Conference, February 7, 2010.

Glennie, C., and R. Taylor, “TITAN – Kinematic Terrestrial LIDAR, Results and Experiences,” Presented at SPAR 2008, Houston, TX, March 3-5, 2008.

Glennie, C., “Deploying a Kinematic Terrestrial LIDAR Scanning System on a High-Speed Mobile Platform,” Geotec 2007, Calgary, Alberta, May 14-17, 2007.

Glennie, C., and P. Mrstik, “Mobile LIDAR for Ground Appliations,” Presented at SPAR 2006, Houston, TX, March 27, 2006.

Glennie, C., “Applications and Limitations of LIDAR,” Four Hour Continued Education Class for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, March 19, 2005.

Glennie, C., “Applications and Limitations of LIDAR,” Eight Hour Continued Education Class for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, December 11, 2004.

Selected Publications: 

Okyay, Unal, Jennifer Telling, Craig L. Glennie, and William E. Dietrich. "Airborne Lidar Change Detection: An Overview of Earth Sciences Applications." Earth-Science Reviews 198 (November 2019): 102929. doi: j.earscirev.2019.102929.

Brooks, Benjamin A., Sarah E. Minson, Craig L. Glennie, Johanna M. Nevitt, Tim Dawson, Ron Rubin, Todd L. Ericksen, David Lockner, Kenneth Hudnut, Victoria Langenheim, Andrew Lutz, Maxime Mareschal, Jessica Murray, David Schwartz, and Dana Zaccone. "Buried Shallow Fault Slip from the South Napa Earthquake Revealed by Near-Field Geodesy." Science Advances 3, no. 7 (5 July 2017): e1700525. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700525.

Telling, Jennifer, Andrew Lyda*, Preston Hartzell, and Craig Glennie. "Review of Earth Science Research Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning." Earth-Science Reviews 169 (June 2017): 35-68. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.04.007.

Minson, Sarah E., Benjamin A. Brooks, Craig L. Glennie, Jessica R. Murray, John O. Langbein, Susan E. Owen, Thomas H. Heaton, Robert A. Iannucci, and Darren L. Hauser. "Crowdsourced Earthquake Early Warning." Science Advances 1, no. 3 (10 April 2015): e1500036. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1500036.

Glennie, C.L., Carter, W.E., Shrestha, R.L., Dietrich, W.E., “Geodetic imaging with airborne LiDAR; the Earth’s surface revealed.” Reports on Progress in Physics, 2013, 76 086801

Refereed Journal Publications: 

Laughlin, Jordan*, Preston Hartzell, Craig Glennie, and Jan W. Kovermann. "Radiometric Calibration of an Inexpensive LED-Based Lidar Sensor." Sensors 20, no. 18 (September 2020): 5215. doi: 10.3390/s20185215.
Albright, Andrea*, and Craig Glennie. "Nearshore Bathymetry From Fusion of Sentinel-2 and ICESat-2 Observations." IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (2020). doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2020.2987778. Early Access
Nevitt, Johanna M., Benjamin A. Brooks, Rufus D. Catchings, Mark R. Goldman, Todd L. Ericksen, and Craig L. Glennie. "Mechanics of Near-Field Deformation During Co- and Post-Seismic Shallow Fault Slip." Nature Scientific Reports 10 (2020): 5031. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-61400-9.
Brown, Rebecca*, Preston Hartzell, and Craig Glennie. "Evaluation of SPL100 Single Photon Lidar Data." Remote Sensing 12, no. 4 (February 2020): 722. doi: 10.3390/rs12040722.
Kusari, Arpan, Craig L. Glennie, Benjamin A. Brooks, and Todd L. Ericksen. "Precise Registration of Laser Mapping Data by Planar Feature Extraction for Deformation Monitoring." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 57, no. 6 (June 2019): 3404-3422. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2018.2884712.
Levy, J. S., A. G. Fountain, M. K. Obryk, J. Telling, C. Glennie, R. Pettersson, M. Gooseff, and D. J. Van Horn. "Decadal Topographic Change in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica: Thermokarst Subsidence, Glacier Thinning, and Transfer of Water Storage from the Cryosphere to the Hydrosphere." Geomorphology 323 (15 December 2018). doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.09.012.
Wang, Xiao, Craig Glennie, and Zhigang Pan. "Weak Echo Detection from Single Photon Lidar Data Using a Rigorous Adaptive Ellipsoid Searching Algorithm." Remote Sensing 10, no. 7 (July 2018): 1035. doi: 10.3390/rs10071035.
Hartzell, Preston, Ziyue Dang*, Zhigang Pan, and Craig Glennie. "Radiometric Evaluation of an Airborne Single Photon Lidar Sensor." IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 15, no. 9 (September 2018): 1466-1470. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2018.2841811.
Ekhtari, Nima, Craig Glennie, and Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz "Classification of Airborne Multispectral Lidar Point Clouds for Land Cover Mapping." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 11, no. 6 (June 2018): 2068-2078. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2018.2835483.
Ekhtari, Nima*, and Craig Glennie. "High-Resolution Mapping of Near-Field Deformation With Airborne Earth Observation Data, a Comparison Study." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 56, no. 3 (March 2018): 1598-1614. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2017.2765601.
Glennie, Craig. "Arctic High-Resolution Elevation Models: Accuracy in Sloped and Vegetated Terrain." Journal of Surveying Engineering 144, no. 1 (February 2018): 06017003. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)SU.1943-5428.0000245.
Pan, Zhigang, Preston Hartzell, and Craig Glennie. "Calibration of an Airborne Single-Photon Lidar System With a Wedge Scanner." IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 14, no. 8 (August 2017): 1418-1422. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2017.2716100.
Wang, Xiao*, Craig Glennie, and Zhigang Pan. "An Adaptive Ellipsoid Searching Filter for Airborne Single-Photon Lidar." IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 14, no. 8 (August 2017): 1258-1262. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2017.2704917.
Hartzell, Preston, Craig Glennie, and Shuhab Khan. "Terrestrial Hyperspectral Image Shadow Restoration Through Lidar Fusion." Remote Sensing 9, no. 5 (May 2017): 421. doi: 10.3390/rs9050421.
Telling, Jennifer W., Craig Glennie, Andrew G. Fountain, and David C. Finnegan. "Analyzing Glacier Surface Motion Using LiDAR Data." Remote Sensing 9, no. 3 (March 2017): 283. doi: 10.3390/rs9030283.
Eitel, Jan U. H., Bernhard Hofle, Lee A. Vierling, Antonio Abellan, Gregory P. Asner, Jeffrey S. Deems, Craig L. Glennie, Philip C. Joerg, Adam L. LeWinter, Troy S. Magney, Gottfried Mandlburger, Douglas C. Morton, Jorg Mullerm, and Kerri T. Vierling. "Beyond 3-D: The New Spectrum of Lidar Applications for Earth and Ecological Sciences." Remote Sensing of Environment 186 (1 December 2016): 372-392. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2016.08.018.
Fernandez-Diaz, Juan Carlos, William E. Carter, Craig Glennie, Ramesh L. Shrestha, Zhigang Pan, Nima Ekhtari*, Abhinav Singhania, Darren Hauser, and Michael Sartori. "Capability Assessment and Performance Metrics for the Titan Multispectral Mapping Lidar." Remote Sensing 8, no. 11 (November 2016): 936. doi: 10.3390/rs8110936.
Hauser, Darren*, Craig Glennie, and Benjamin Brooks. "Calibration and Accuracy Analysis of a Low-Cost Mapping-Grade Mobile Laser Scanning System." Journal of Surveying Engineering 142, no. 4 (November 2016): 04016011. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)SU.1943-5428.0000178.
Fernandez-Diaz, Juan Carlos, William E. Carter, Ramesh Shrestha, and Craig L. Glennie. "Multicolor Terrain Mapping Documents Critical Environments." Eos 97, no. 17 (1 September 2016). doi: 10.1029/2016EO053489. (PDF)
Pan, Z.*, C. L. Glennie, J. C. Fernandez-Diaz, C. J. Legleiter, B. Overstreet. "Fusion of LiDAR Orthowaveforms and Hyperspectral Imagery for Shallow River Bathymetry and Turbidity Estimation." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 54, no. 7 (July 2016): 4165-4177. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2016.2538089.
Legleiter, Carl J., Brandon T. Overstreet, Craig L. Glennie, Zhigang Pan*, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, and Abhinav Singhania. "Evaluating the Capabilities of the CASI Hyperspectral Imaging System and Aquarius Bathymetric LiDAR for Measuring Channel Morphology in Two Distinct River Environments." Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 41, no. 3 (15 March 2016): 344-363. doi: 10.1002/esp.3794.
Pan, Zhigang*, Craig Glennie, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, and Michael Starek. "Comparison of Bathymetry and Seagrass Mapping with Hyperspectral Imagery and Airborne Bathymetric Lidar in a Shallow Estuarine Environment." International Journal of Remote Sensing 37, no. 3 (2016): 516-536. doi: 10.1080/01431161.2015.1131869.
Hartzell, Preston J.*, Peter J. Gadomski*, Craig L. Glennie, David C. Finnegan, and Jeffrey S. Deems. "Rigorous Error Propagation for Terrestrial Laser Scanning with Application to Snow Volume Uncertainty." Journal of Glaciology 61, no. 230 (December 2015): 1147-1158. doi: 10.3189/2015JoG15J031.
Sefercik, Umut G., Craig Glennie, Abhinav Singhania, and Darren Hauser. "Area-Based Quality Control of Airborne Laser Scanning 3D Models for Different Land Classes Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning: Sample Survey in Houston, USA." International Journal of Remote Sensing 36, no. 23 (2015): 5916-5934. doi: 10.1080/01431161.2015.1110260.
Pan, Z.*, C. Glennie, C. Legleiter, and B. Overstreet. "Estimation of Water Depths and Turbidity from Hyperspectral Imagery Using Support Vector Regression." IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 12, no. 10 (October 2015): 2165-2169. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2015.2453636.
Wang, Hongzhou*, and Craig Glennie. "Fusion of Waveform LiDAR Data and Hyperspectral Imagery for Land Cover Classification." ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 108 (October 2015): 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2015.05.012.
Zhang, X.*, C. Glennie, and A. Kusari*. "Change Detection from Differential Airborne LiDAR Using a Weighted Anisotropic Iterative Closest Point Algorithm." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 8, no. 7 (July 2015): 3338-3346. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2398317.
Pan, Zhigang*, Craig Glennie, Preston Hartzell*, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, Carl Legleiter, and Brandon Overstreet. "Performance Assessment of High Resolution Airborne Full Waveform LiDAR for Shallow River Bathymetry." Remote Sensing 7, no. 5 (May 2015): 5133-5159. doi: 10.3390/rs70505133.
Hartzell, P. J.*, C. L. Glennie, and D. C. Finnegan. "Empirical Waveform Decomposition and Radiometric Calibration of a Terrestrial Full-Waveform Laser Scanner." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 53, no. 1 (January 2015): 162-172. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2014.2320134.
Fernandez-Diaz, Juan Carlos, William E. Carter, Ramesh L. Shrestha, and Craig L. Glennie. "Now You See It… Now You Don’t: Understanding Airborne Mapping LiDAR Collection and Data Product Generation for Archaeological Research in Mesoamerica." Remote Sensing 6, no. 10 (October 2014): 9951-10001. doi: 10.3390/rs6109951.
Zhang, Xiao*, Craig L. Glennie, Sibyl R. Bucheli, Natalie K. Lindgren, and Aaron M. Lynne. "Terrestrial Laser Scanning and a Degenerated Cylinder Model to Determine Gross Morphological Change of Cadavers Under Conditions of Natural Decomposition." Forensic Science International 241 (August 2014): 35-45. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2014.05.001.
Bucheli, Sibyl Rae, Zhigang Pan*, Craig L. Glennie, Aaron M. Lynne, Daniel P. Haarman, and John M. Hill. "Terrestrial Laser Scanning to Model Sunlight Irradiance on Cadavers Under Conditions of Natural Decomposition." International Journal of Legal Medicine 128, no. 4 (July 2014): 725-732. doi: 10.1007/s00414-014-1013-1.
Glennie, Craig L., Alejandro Hinojosa-Corona, Edwin Nissen, Arpan Kusari*, Michael E. Oskin, J. Ramon Arrowsmith, and Adrian Borsa. "Optimization of Legacy Lidar Data Sets for Measuring Near-Field Earthquake Displacements." Geophysical Research Letters 41, no. 10 (28 May 2014): 3494-3501. doi: 10.1002/2014GL059919.
Hartzell, Preston*, Craig Glennie, Kivanc Biber, and Shuhab Khan. "Application of Multispectral LiDAR to Automated Virtual Outcrop Geology." ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 88 (February 2014): 147-155. doi: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2013.12.004.
Brooks, Benjamin A., Craig Glennie, Kenneth Hudnut, Todd Ericksen, and Darren Hauser*. "Mobile Laser Scanning Applied to the Earth Sciences." Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 94, no. 36 (3 September 2013): 313-315. doi: 10.1002/2013EO360002.
Williams, Keith, Michael J. Olsen, Gene V. Roe, and Craig Glennie. "Synthesis of Transportation Applications of Mobile LIDAR." Remote Sensing 5, no. 9 (September 2013): 4652-4692. doi: 10.3390/rs5094652.
Fernandez-Diaz, J.C., Glennie, C.L., Carter, W.E., Shrestha, R.L., Sartori, M.P., Singhania, A., Legleiter, C.J., Overstreet, B.T., “Early Results of Simultaneous Terrain and Shallow Water Bathymetry Mapping Using a Single-Wavelength Airborne LiDAR Sensor.” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, July, 2013 (in press).
Chow, J.C.K.; Lichti, D.D.; Glennie, C.; Hartzell, P. Improvements to and Comparison of Static Terrestrial LiDAR Self-Calibration Methods. Sensors 2013, 13, 7224-7249.
Chan, T.O.; Lichti, D.D.; Glennie, C.L. Multi-feature based boresight self-calibration of a terrestrial mobile mapping system. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 2013, 82, 112-124.
Glennie, C., Brooks, B., Ericksen, T., Hauser, D., Hudnut, K., Foster, J., Avery, J., "Compact Multipurpose Mobile Laser Scanning System - Initial Tests and Results." Remote Sens. 2013, 5 (2), 521-538.
Glennie, C., “Calibration and Kinematic Analysis of the Velodyne HDL-64E S2 LiDAR Sensor.” PE&RS, April 2012.
Glennie, C.; Lichti, D.D. “Temporal Stability of the Velodyne HDL-64E S2 Scanner for High Accuracy Scanning Applications.” Remote Sens. 2011, 3, 539-553.
Glennie, C.; Lichti, D.D. “Static Calibration and Analysis of the Velodyne HDL-64E S2 for High Accuracy Mobile Scanning.” Remote Sens. 2010, 2, 1610-1624.
Glennie, C, “Kinematic Terrestrial Light-Detection and Ranging System for Scanning” Transportation Research Record: Journal of The Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2105, 2009, pp. 135-141.
Glennie, C., “Rigorous 3D Error Analysis of Kinematic Scanning LIDAR Systems” Journal of Applied Geodesy, Vol. 1, 2007, pp. 147-157.
Hudnut, K.W., A. Borsa, C. Glennie, and J.B. Minster. "High-resolution Topography Along Surface Ruptures of the October 16, 1999 Hector Mine, California, Earthquake (Mw7.1) From Airborne Laser Swath Mapping," Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 92, 2002, pp. 1570-1576.
Glennie, C., K.P. Schwarz, A.M. Bruton, R. Forsberg, A.V. Olesen and K. Keller. A Comparison of Stable Platform and Strapdown Airborne Gravity. Journal of Geodesy, 74, 5, 2000, pp. 383-389.
Glennie, C., and K.P. Schwarz, “A Comparison and Analysis of Airborne Gravimetry Results from two Strapdown Inertial/DGPS Systems,” Journal of Geodesy, 73, 6, 1999, pp. 311-321.
Bruton, A.M., C. Glennie, and K.P Schwarz, “Differentiation for High Precision GPS Velocity and Acceleration Determination,” GPS Solutions Journal, vol. 2, No. 4, 1999, pp. 7-21.