Casella, Elisa, Lewin, Pia, Ghilardi, Mattia ORCID:, Rovere, A. and Bejarano, Sonia ORCID: (2022) Assessing the relative accuracy of coral heights reconstructed from drones and structure from motion photogrammetry on coral reefs. Coral Reefs, 41 (4). pp. 869-875. DOI

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Low-altitude high-resolution aerial photographs allow for the reconstruction of structural properties of shallow coral reefs and the quantification of their topographic complexity. This study shows the scope and limitations of two-media (air/water) Structure from Motion—Multi-View Stereo reconstruction method using drone aerial photographs to reconstruct coral height. We apply this method in nine different sites covering a total area of about 7000 m2, and we examine the suitability of the method to obtain topographic complexity estimates (i.e., seafloor rugosity). A simple refraction correction and survey design allowed reaching a root mean square error of 0.1 m for the generated digital models of the seafloor (without the refraction correction the root mean square error was 0.2 m). We find that the complexity of the seafloor extracted from the drone digital models is slightly underestimated compared to the one measured with a traditional in situ survey method.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA2
Research affiliation: Infrastructure > DigiZ - Research Data Infrastructure
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Ecology > Reef Systems
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
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ISSN: 0722-4028
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 16:31
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 16:31

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