Planet Earth Saved Through 3D Laser Scanning
Saving images of our current planet for future generations
Two scientists Chris Fisher and Steve Leisz, have decided to make archiving the planet we live on. Why? As our climate changes, our world is changing too. Natural structures, historic sites, will all disappear. Unless we cut down the population to change the way our climate is going, there won’t be much we can do to save these places.
These two scientists created a project called Earth Archive and, using 3D laser scanning, they will preserve the image of the Earth as it is now for future generations. They will focus on 29% of Earth right now. Kids in the future will be able to see exactly how it is, and what they may not have. Or they will be able to see if it changes.
The challenged they face
It sounds like a good idea and a project that will help future generations. However, there are some extreme challenges. To do the small 29% of the Earth with 3D laser scanning, it would cost 10 million dollars, to do the whole planet, would cost close to one billion. These two researchers have big goals, and they have to raise the money for it. On top of that, they have to go to some countries and ask for permission to scan historical sites. Some countries will detest and despise anything that brings up the topic of global warming.
There are many challenges these scientists will face, but they genuinely believe this will be worth it in the future. Using 3D laser scanning can be one of the easiest and noninvasive ways to capture images of the Earth accurately.
How this technology works
3D laser scanning is the act of obtaining information through thousands of pictures being rapidly taken. It collects data like size, color, texture, and all dimensions of a landscape or object. This technology is so extraordinary because it is rapid and precise.
Creating models and records has never been so easy. It is being adopted all over the world because it is a noninvasive way to collect and send information precisely. It can create 2D images, 3D models, and virtual reality that can be shared by everyone all over the world.
Who else can use it
This technology is not only used for scientists but anyone with interest in obtaining information and sharing it. 3D laser scanning has been widely adopted all over the globe because it is relatively budget-friendly and easy to use.
3D laser scanning went from giant chunk cameras to handheld devices. This technology can be held or attached to a tool that can fly over objects at a rapid pace. It can help police catch criminals, or construction workers rebuild dangerous places. This technology can help students’ study or doctors find severe problems in our bodies.
It cuts human interaction in half and is more precise than any human could ever be. It will continue to shape our world and create a better quality of living. In the future, the younger generation will be able to view how our planet looks right this minute, and that is a pretty crazy thought.