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A Low Cost Approach to Disturbed Soil Detection Using Low Altitude Digital Imagery from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Parrott, E, Panter, HA, Morrissey, J and Bezombes, F (2019) A Low Cost Approach to Disturbed Soil Detection Using Low Altitude Digital Imagery from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Drones, 3 (2). ISSN 2504-446X

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Abstract

Until recently, clandestine burial investigations relied upon witness statements to determine target search areas of soil and vegetation disturbance. Due to this, remote sensing technologies are increasingly used to detect fresh clandestine graves. However, despite the increased capabilities of remote sensing, clandestine burial searches remain resourcefully intensive as the police have little access to the technology when it is required. In contrast to this, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology is increasingly popular amongst law enforcement worldwide. As such, this paper explores the use of digital imagery collected from a low cost UAV for the aided detection of disturbed soil sites indicative of fresh clandestine graves. This is done by assessing the unaltered UAV video output using image processing tools to detect sites of disturbance, therefore highlighting previously unrecognised capabilities of police UAVs. This preliminary investigation provides a low cost rapid approach to detecting fresh clandestine graves, further supporting the use of UAV technology by UK police.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: MDPI
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 09:29
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 09:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.3390/drones3020050
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10937

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