Determining the shape of coral structures is an essential step for coral biologists to classify and compare corals. Currently, coral biologists analyze shape by performing manual measurements on photographs of coral colonies. In this paper we describe an interactive visualization system for measuring coral shapes in a robust and quantitative way. The input of the system is a CT scan of the coral, and the output consists of statistical distributions of various morphological properties. The approach is to ??rst extract a skeleton from the CT scan, and then to perform measurements on the skeleton graph. Interactive visualization is necessary, since various features of the coral prevent the system from being fully automatic.
|Title of host publication||EuroVis 2006 (Proceedings Joint Eurographics - IEEE VGTC Symposium on Visualization, Lisbon, Portugal, May 8-10, 2006)|
|Place of Publication||Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|