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Leveraging 3D Scanning for Mapping Ecosystems

image of lake Leveraging 3D Scanning

Have you ever wondered what the world around us looks like in three dimensions? With the advancements in technology, 3D scanning is quickly becoming a game-changer in the field of environmental conservation. Here in Australia, where the unique ecosystems and wildlife are of great significance, the potential of leveraging 3D scanning to change the way we map ecosystems is enormous.

From an article in Native News Online.

What is 3D Scanning?

3D scanning is the process of creating a digital 3D model of an object or environment by using a 3D scanner. These scanners emit a laser or light pattern that is reflected back to the scanner and measured to create a detailed 3D model. This technology has been around for a while, but recent improvements have made it more affordable and accessible, making it an ideal tool for environmental conservation.

Mapping Ecosystems

Traditionally, mapping ecosystems involves taking measurements and collecting data to create a 2D representation of an area. This process can be time-consuming and often does not capture the full picture of the ecosystem. With 3D scanning, it is possible to create a complete 3D model of an ecosystem, providing a more accurate representation of the area.

This technology can be particularly useful in areas that are difficult to access or dangerous to survey. For example, 3D scanning can be used to create models of the ocean floor, which can help us to understand the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef. It can be used to create models of inaccessible areas in forests or mountains too.

Using 3D Scanning in Conservation Efforts

One of the key advantages of 3D scanning is its ability to create highly detailed models. These models can be used to study ecosystems and identify areas that need conservation efforts. This means that 3D scanning can be used to identify areas where certain species are at risk of extinction, allowing conservationists to take the best action to protect them.

3D scanning can also be used to monitor changes in ecosystems over time. By creating multiple models of the same area over time, it’s possible to identify significant changes in the environment. This information can be used to study all sorts of factors impacting entire ecosystems.

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