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The Application of Remote Sensing for Detecting Mass Graves: An Experimental Animal Case Study from Costa Rica

Kalacska, Margaret; Bell, Lynne Susan; Sanchez-Azofeifa, G Arturo; Caelli, Terry


Detection of mass graves utilizing the hyperspectral information in airborne or satellite imagery is an untested application of remote sensing technology. We examined the in situ spectral reflectance of an experimental animal mass grave in a tropical moist forest environment and compared it to an identically constructed false grave which was refilled with soil, but contained no cattle carcasses over the course of a 16-month period. The separability of the in situ reflectance spectra was...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences
DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00938.x


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