Bringing the outside 3D world into researchers’ offices is now possible with current technological advancements. 3D (elevation) models enable very accurate measurements and volume calculation on a scale that was previously inconceivable.
Using aerial imaging, 3D models can be applied to calculate volumes of (natural) structures such as mussel beds and dunes, but also to map volume changes of such structures over time. In addition, 3D models may also be used to count species numbers like plants or birds.
Using smart software and abundant images of a specific subject, it is possible to build 3D maps and elevation models by triangulating the exact position of each pixel. These models and maps are custom-made and can be used as a tool to answer both research and management questions.