3D Modeling of Coral Reefs

3D computer model of a coral reef. Various views

The structural complexity of coral reefs plays a major role in the biodiversity, productivity, and overall functionality of reef ecosystems. Conventional metrics with 2-dimensional properties are inadequate for characterization of reef structural complexity. A 3-dimensional (3D) approach can quantify topography, rugosity and other structural characteristics that play an important role in the ecology of coral reef communities. We utilize SfM technology to create high-resolution 3D models of coral reefs, and then measure 3D complexity in order to determine how the reef architecture affects reef organisms such as invertebrates and fish.

The 3D reconstruction of reef structure and complexity can be integrated with other physiological and ecological parameters to improve monitoring of the health and function of coral reef ecosystems.

Our Research

Microscope; Illustration: Noun Project

Information on various methods used to research coral health

Interactive Map

Map Marker; Illustration: Noun Project

Explore and compare data between sites, species, or by specific diseases

Coral Health

Waves; Illustration: Noun Project

Information about Coral Health and why it is important