Using LiDAR and AI, Fujitsu creates digital twin of ocean to support marine conservation efforts

Fujitsu’s LiDAR-Powered Digital Twin Revolutionizes Marine Conservation Efforts, Aids Carbon Neutrality and Biodiversity

Fujitsu is using LiDAR and artificial intelligence (AI) to create a digital twin of the ocean, which supports marine conservation efforts and contributes to carbon neutrality initiatives and biodiversity. The technology for creating a digital twin is based on a real-time measurement technique that Fujitsu originally developed for its Evaluation Support System, working with the International Gymnasts Federation and using LiDAR technology.

Fujitsu’s technology scans the ocean from autonomous underwater vehicles, even under challenging conditions like currents and waves. Artificial intelligence is then used to restore color and contour to underwater subjects, creating high-resolution 3D images. This allows for the precise identification and measurement of targets up to several centimeters, even in murky waters.

In collaboration with the National Maritime Research Institute and the National Institute of Maritime, Port, and Aviation Technology, Fujitsu conducted a successful field test of this technology near Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. They were able to obtain precise 3D data to map coral reefs. In the future, Fujitsu plans to expand the use of this technology to map seaweed beds, which play a crucial role in absorbing carbon.

By creating a digital twin of seaweed beds, Fujitsu aims to support companies and local governments in estimating carbon storage, implementing conservation measures, cultivating new seaweed beds, and promoting biodiversity in seaweed reefs. This technology has the potential to have a significant impact on marine conservation efforts and contribute to broader environmental initiatives.

The creation of a digital twin of seaweed beds could have far-reaching implications for marine conservation efforts. By accurately mapping these areas using LiDAR technology combined with AI-powered analysis tools, researchers can gain valuable insights into how these ecosystems function and how they respond to various environmental factors such as temperature changes or pollution levels.

Additionally, by providing detailed information about seaweed beds’ carbon sequestration capabilities through this digital twin system, companies can more effectively evaluate their investments in sustainable agriculture practices that promote coastal ecosystem health.

Overall, Fujitsu’s innovative use of LiDAR and AI is paving the way for more accurate assessments of marine ecosystem health while contributing towards broader sustainability goals such as carbon neutrality initiatives and biodiversity conservation efforts.


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