Interested in making models of your reefs? This step by step process is what you can expect.
Photogrammetry is a great technique to create realistic 3D models/digital twins of coral reefs (and their colonies) because photographs translate to highly defined materials and textures, and in fullcolor. This technique allows researchers to make detailed 3D reconstructions of reef surfaces for morphometric analysis of reef physical structure and perform large-scale image-mosaic mapping. It is useful for both reef-scale and colony-scale assessments, where detailed orthomosaics or topological maps can also be created.
Things like growth rate, spread of disease, and how coral recovers from storms could never be measured precisely using the old techniques. Quantification of the surface area and volume of the coral is possible, providing hard numbers on the change in size and shape over time.
These 3-D models can revolutionize scientists’ ability to track the changes in coral reefs and serves as an accurate baseline for future generations of reef surveyors for the site. Overlaying multiple images from different time periods to compare the reefs visually is also possible.
We live in a 3D world, and so what better way for people to appreciate and enjoy coral reefs? Our models are useful for all scientific, educational and entertainment purposes. One of our biggest goals is to allow anyone who are living near these environments to create models with us.