UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAMMETRY, CODED TARGET AND PLENOPTIC TECHNOLOGY: A SET OF TOOLS FOR MONITORING RED CORAL IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ”PERFECT” PROJECT
Keywords: Red coral, Photogrammetry, Orthophoto, Plenoptic, NPR
Abstract. PErfECT "Photogrammetry, gEnetic, Ecology for red coral ConservaTion" is a project leaded by the Laboratoire des Sciences de lInformation et des Systmes (LSIS - UMR 7296 CNRS) from the Aix-Marseille University (France) in collaboration with the Spanish National Agency for Scientific Research (CSIC, Spain). The main objective of the project is to develop innovative Tools for the conservation of the Mediterranean red coral, Corallium rubrum. PErfECT was funded by the Total Fundation. The adaptation of digital photogrammetric techniques for use in submarine is rapidly increasing in recent years. In fact, these techniques are particularly well suited for use in underwater environments. PErfECT developed different photogrammetry tools to enhance the red coral population surveys based in: (i) automatic orientation on coded quadrats, (ii) use of NPR (Non Photo realistic Rendering) techniques, (iii) the calculation of distances between colonies within local populations and finally (iv) the use of plenoptic approaches in underwater conditions.