WASS is a stereoscopic system installed on the Aqua Grande offshore observation platform. It was developed by Prof. Alvise Benetazzo to reconstruct the topography of waves as 3D models. The shape of waves is important in the study of Aqua Alta and Aqua Grande flooding phenomena that effect Venice annually. More broadly, the oceans can be considered a massive sensing body for cosmic phenomenon in space-time like gravity waves. The WASS system and its outcomes agree with current mathematical models of space-time. Two cameras are offset to view waves from two different angles. When bolstered with machine vision algorithms, the WASS system actively makes real waves into virtual models.
Wind that traverses over the surface of the water effects its structure at substantial depths over time. The WASS pipeline must consider what to omit as a particular occurrence, like sea foam, changes in light from shifting weather, and in this case a seagull. The hole that its shadow leaves when omitted is reconstructed through interpolation.