Pringle, JK and Giubertoni, M and Cassidy, NJ and Wisniewski, KD and Hansen, JD and Linford, NT and Daniels, RM (2015) The use of magnetic susceptibility as a forensic search tool. Forensic Science International, 246. 31 -42. ISSN 0379-0738

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Abstract

There are various techniques available for forensic search teams to employ to successfully detect a buried object. Near-surface geophysical search methods have been dominated by ground penetrating radar but recently other techniques, such as electrical resistivity, have become more common. This paper discusses magnetic susceptibility as a simple surface search tool illustrated by various research studies. These suggest magnetic susceptibility to be a relatively low cost, quick and effective tool, compared to other geophysical methods, to determine disturbed ground above buried objects and burnt surface remains in a variety of soil types. Further research should collect datasets over objects of known burial ages for comparison purposes and used in forensic search cases to validate the technique.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: forensic geophysics, forensic science, social and public welfare, magnetic susceptibility
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 12:44
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 15:24
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/407

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