Outdoor Thermal Environment Assessment Of Existing Residential Areas Supported By Uav Thermal Infrared And 3D Reconstruction Technology

Yongjie Pan School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
Tong Zhang School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

The underlying surface temperature is an effective evaluation index to study the urban micro-scale thermal environment. For surface temperature acquisition, the thermal infrared camera mounted on a unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can reduce field work intensity, improve data collection efficiency, and ensure high accuracy at low cost. In order to convert the 2D thermal image into a more intuitive 3D thermal model, the UAV-based thermal infrared 3D reconstruction is adopted. The key element of thermal infrared 3D model reconstruction lies in the processing of thermal infrared images with low resolution and different temperature scales. In order to improve the quality of the final thermal 3D model, this paper proposes the reconstruction of the detailed 3D mesh using visible images (higher resolution), and map then mapping thermal textures onto the mesh using thermal images (low resolution). In addition, absolute temperature values are extracted from thermal images with different temperature ranges to ensure consistence between color and temperature values in the reconstructed thermal 3D model. The thermal 3D model generated for an existing residential area in Nanjing successfully displays the temperature distribution of the underlying surface and provides a valuable basis for outdoor thermal environment assessment.

Keywords: Thermal Image; Uav; 3D Reconstruction; Residential Outdoor Space; Underlying Surface Temperature; Sdg 3; Sdg 11.

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