Search Strategy for Buried Objects in Water: Geophysics, Probes and Dogs

Alastair Ruffell, Neil Powell

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Abstract

The aqueous search for objects covered by sediment is a common and challenging problem. Here we outline a sequential methodology for the assessment of targets identified by sub-bottom profiling. This comprises desktop study of available data; background hydrological information gathering (bathymetry, sediment cover, water chemistry); acoustic sub-bottom imaging (water penetrating radar, sonar); geolocation and probing of sub-bottom anomalies; deployment of suitable scent dogs. This procedure creates a hierarchy of targets for examination by dive teams and thence recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberforensicsci-1391079
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalForensic Sciences
Volume1
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted - 03 Oct 2021

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