A GIS-based landscape approach to Forensic Search Strategies and RAG mapping

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Geographical Information Science (GIS) has the potential to be used effectively in managing and recording search strategies for missing persons, homicide graves or other objects buried in the ground. This paper outlines a GIS-based landscape approach to collecting, integrating and analysing different types of georeferenced data useful to forensic investigations. The impact is to inform and focus the time spent in the field on a search, reduce redundancy in effort and increase the potential for a higher degree of quality assurance and success in search operations. The aim of the paper is to demonstrate the integration of information as geo-referenced spatial layers and to illustrate the potential to query and extract information to inform police, search and forensic investigators at different stages in a search operation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusUnpublished - 29 Aug 2016
Event35th International Geological Congress: Symposium: Forensic soil science and geology: 5th International Conference on Criminal & Environmental Soil Forensics Soil Forensic International (SFI-2016) - South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 25 Aug 201604 Sept 2016
Conference number: 35


Conference35th International Geological Congress
Abbreviated titleIGC
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town
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