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de Oliveira, Larissa Macedo Cruz and Oliveira, Priscila Almeida de and Lim, Aaron and Wheeler, Andrew J. and Conti, Luis Americo
Developing Mobile Applications with Augmented Reality and 3D Photogrammetry for Visualisation of Cold-Water Coral Reefs and Deep-Water Habitats
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Cold-water coral (CWC) reefs are considered “hotspots” of biodiversity in deep-sea environments. Like tropical coral reefs, these habitats are subject to climate and anthropogenic threats. The use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVSs) in combination with three-dimensional (3D) modelling and augmented reality (AR) has enabled detailed visualisation of terrestrial and marine environments while promoting data accessibility and scientific outreach. However, remote environments such as CWC reefs still present challenges with data acquisition, which impacts the further understanding of these environments. This study aims to develop a mobile application using structure-from-motion (SfM) 3D photogrammetric data and AR for the visualisation of CWC reefs. The mobile application was developed to display 3D models of CWC reefs from the Piddington Mound area, southwest of Ireland. The 3D models were tested at different resolutions to analyse the visualisation experience and trade-off between resolution and application size. The results from the 3D reconstructions with higher resolution indicate that the combination of SfM, AR, and mobile phones is a promising tool for raising awareness and literacy regarding CWC and deep-water habitats. This study is the first of its kind to showcase CWC habitats accessible to anyone, anywhere with a mobile phone and internet connectivity.
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