UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) SURVEY-ASSISTED 3D MANGROVE TREE MODELING
3D visualization is a tool that supports geospatial analysis through the application of scientific information. It enhances the quality of standard photography and can be used in many applications. Through this study, a 3D mangrove tree model is generated, as assisted by a tree crown derived from UAV images. The researchers explored different platforms namely: MeshLab, SketchUp (with 3D Tree Maker extension), and Clara.io, to come up with a more realistic three-dimensional (3D) model of a mangrove tree. From an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) derived Digital Surface Model (DSM), an isolated tree crown was selected which was then used as an assisting tool in creating the final 3D mangrove tree model. A default tree object was modified according to the characteristics as described by the DSM. Additional branches and leaves were added to the existing tree object, and its shape was modified to conform to the tree crown. The resulting model may be used to more accurately depict objects in the area to be visualized, however an automation procedure is recommended for an easier and more effective generation of multiple tree models expected in an area.