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Hyperspectral Imaging and the Search for Humans, Dead or Alive

NCJ Number
254613
Date Published
Author(s)
James Dawson, Danielle McLeod-Henning
Agencies
NIJ
Annotation
This article discusses potential law enforcement uses of hyperspectral remote sensing, a technology that may be useful in confirming past crime scenes, massacre or genocide sites, and mass graves; as well as locating suspects and performing search and rescue operations.
Abstract
Hyperspectral imaging, developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the late 1970s, has become an important tool in several scientific fields, including agriculture, environmental monitoring, food processing, and cell analysis in biology. Using this technology, a National Institute of Justice-supported researcher at Miami University is developing software for drones that is capable of identifying and discriminating human materials, such as skin, hair, blood, and bone, from geologic, environmental, and confuser materials. The software is based on hyperspectral remote sensing and may be useful in confirming past crime scenes, massacre or genocide sites, and mass graves; locating suspects; and performing search and rescue operations.
Date Created: April 16, 2020