Proposed Abstract Title

3D Seascape Visualization: Developing 3D Models of Marine Invertebrates of the Salish Sea

Type of Presentation

Poster

Session Title

General engagement topics, Geospatial technologies in environmental research, restoration, and policy, General Salish Sea snapshot topics

Description

3D Seascape Visualization provides innovate ways of representing dynamic, marine environments, which are inherently three dimensional and volumetric. Two dimensional representations, such as static paper maps,do not communicate depth, water column, and sea floor characteristics very strongly. This research will explore the development of 3D models of marine invertebrates, specifically for 3D seascape visualizations of the Salish Sea. In partnership with the Royal British Columbia Museum's Invertebrate Collections, wet and dry specimens were used to develop 3D digital models using a 3D model app that renders 3D models from photographs. Generic 3D model libraries, such as 3D Warehouse, usually have one type of model, "star fish", without multiple versions related to 1) different types of species (ie, purple starfish, sunstar, or sunflower star); 2) age/developmental stage (ie, larval, juvenile, or adult); 3) place-specific species or versions (ie, starfish from the Salish Sea rather than star fish from the Caribbean); and 4) varying levels of realism. Place-specific 3D models with a photo app allows for species-specific assemblages to be created that are specific to a given place, such as the Salish Sea. It also allows models to be created of species that are in different developmental stages, such as juvenile versus adult. The Royal British Columbia Museum's Invertebrates Collection provides a good opportunity to experiment with 3D digital models of invertebrates because of the metadata that exists on their speciments and because they have thousands of species in their collection from the Salish Sea.

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3D Seascape Visualization: Developing 3D Models of Marine Invertebrates of the Salish Sea

3D Seascape Visualization provides innovate ways of representing dynamic, marine environments, which are inherently three dimensional and volumetric. Two dimensional representations, such as static paper maps,do not communicate depth, water column, and sea floor characteristics very strongly. This research will explore the development of 3D models of marine invertebrates, specifically for 3D seascape visualizations of the Salish Sea. In partnership with the Royal British Columbia Museum's Invertebrate Collections, wet and dry specimens were used to develop 3D digital models using a 3D model app that renders 3D models from photographs. Generic 3D model libraries, such as 3D Warehouse, usually have one type of model, "star fish", without multiple versions related to 1) different types of species (ie, purple starfish, sunstar, or sunflower star); 2) age/developmental stage (ie, larval, juvenile, or adult); 3) place-specific species or versions (ie, starfish from the Salish Sea rather than star fish from the Caribbean); and 4) varying levels of realism. Place-specific 3D models with a photo app allows for species-specific assemblages to be created that are specific to a given place, such as the Salish Sea. It also allows models to be created of species that are in different developmental stages, such as juvenile versus adult. The Royal British Columbia Museum's Invertebrates Collection provides a good opportunity to experiment with 3D digital models of invertebrates because of the metadata that exists on their speciments and because they have thousands of species in their collection from the Salish Sea.