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The use of geoscience methods for terrestrial forensic searches




Geoscience methods are increasingly being utilised in criminal, environmental and humanitarian forensic investigations, and the use of such methods is supported by a growing body of experimental and theoretical research. Geoscience search techniques can complement traditional methodologies in the search for buried objects, including clandestine graves,weapons, explosives, drugs, illegal weapons, hazardouswaste and vehicles. This paper details recent advances in search and detection methods, with case studies and reviews. Relevant examples are given, together with a generalised workflow for search and suggested detection technique(s) table. Forensic geoscience techniques are continuing to rapidly evolve to assist search investigators to detect hitherto difficult to locate forensic targets.

Acceptance Date May 29, 2012
Publication Date Jun 5, 2012
Journal Earth-Science Reviews
Print ISSN 0012-8252
Publisher Elsevier
Pages 108 - 123 (17)
Keywords geoscience; forensic; burials; remote sensing; geochemistry; geophysics
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