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Studying Growth Strata with Structure from Motion Techniques

Spain 2012

Professor Chris Connors continued his long-term field project in the Catalan Coastal Ranges of Catalonia, Spain. He studied growth strata associated with the formation of the mountain range by using both traditional field mapping as well as modern surveying and photogrammetric methods. In the summer of 2012, two research students accompanied Dr. Conners to see if they could develop a technique to extract high-resolution topographic information of hard-to-access cliffs and other rugged terrain. They used new computer vision algotithms called structure from motion, which take arbitrary field photos as input and, after significant processing, created 3-D models of the terrain.