Colombian forensic research collaboration uses ground penetrating radar

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Posted on 19 January 2015

A collaborative research paper between the National University of Colombia and Keele University has just been published. This arose out of a Santander Fellowship grant awarded to Carlos Molina who was on a placement here in SPGS in 2014.

In most Latin American countries there are significant numbers of missing people and forced disappearances, 68,000 alone currently in Colombia. Successful detection of shallow buried human remains by forensic search teams is difficult in varying terrain and climates. This research has created three simulated clandestine burial styles at two different depths commonly encountered in Latin America to gain knowledge of optimum forensic geophysics detection techniques.