Workshop on 3D mapping of habitats and biological communities with underwater photogrammetry

For the past decades, photogrammetry has been increasingly used for monitoring spatial arrangement or temporal dynamics of submerged man-made structures and natural systems. As photogrammetry remains a nascent technique for data collection in the underwater environment, acquisition workflows have evolved constrained by specific methodological practicalities (e.g. euphotic environments vs. deep-sea waters). The annual GeoHab conference gathers a world-wide range of scientists interested in mapping and is, therefore, an adequate event to set up a state-of-the-art workshop on (underwater) photogrammetry. More specifically, a preliminary survey identified the overall lack of photogrammetry knowledge from the audience. A programme was conceptualised to explore within a day theoretical concepts, sampling design and practicalities and a wide range of case studies in various underwater environments. Furthermore, we provided manual training on data acquisition and processing. In overall, a post-survey demonstrated the audience’s satisfaction despite a remaining lack of confidence for implementing their own photogrammetry studies. As this workshop gathers a diversity of materials and a training relevant for a scientific audience, it sets the stage for a reproducible event and leaves room for future improvements. Finally, it provided relevant materials and discussions that enabled us to identify the aspects limiting photogrammetry methodology across scientific applications and institutes, in order to work towards standardisation.


photogrammetry, structure-from-motion, 3D models, habitat mapping, ecology, workshop

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Van Audenhaege Loic, Mahamadaly Vincent, Price David, Sneessens Alexandre, Cawthra Hayley, Delamare Clément, Danet Valentin, Delsol Simon, Devillers Rodolphe, Gazis Iason-Zois, Urbina-Barreto Isabel (2023). Workshop on 3D mapping of habitats and biological communities with underwater photogrammetry. Research Ideas and Outcomes. 9. e115796 (22p.).,

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