Auto3Dscapes Makes Environmental Monitoring Smarter

… by acquiring data only when and where changes occur.

In this project on Autonomous 3D Earth Observation of Dynamic Landscapes (Auto3Dscapes), a novel strategy of permanent 3D observation will be developed incorporating observed topographic changes as feedback and dynamically adapting the acquisition parameters and analysis methods.

Permanent 3D Earth observation is currently challenged by the strong spatial and temporal variability of geographic processes. Furthermore, autonomous laser scanning at fixed locations generates almost continuous timeseries of 3D point clouds, which poses a significant challenge to current computational methods for 3D geodata analysis.

Check out a more detailed description of Auto3Dscapes on the project website and stay tuned for latest news!

Auto3Dscapes is a PhD project within the 3DGeo research group (Prof. Bernhard Höfle) and the Forensic Computational Geometry Laboratory (FCGL, Dr. Hubert Mara) at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) at Heidelberg University. The project is receiving great support by our partners at TU Delft with the group of Dr. Roderik Lindenbergh. Together with the Coastal Engineering department, the research team at TU Delft is operating a permanent laser scanning system in the frame of the CoastScan project. Every hour, this laser scanner records a beach on the Dutch coast subject to dynamic change.

The PhD research project is funded by the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp), founded by DFG grant GSC 220 in the German Universities Excellence Initiative.