Utilising aircraft mounted forward looking infrared radar to locate decomposing remains via the heat signature of blowfly larval aggregations

Michael James Lee

    Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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    Abstract

    The potential of aircraft mounted thermal imaging to locate decomposing remains via the heat signature generated by insect larval aggregations feeding on the remains was investigated using pig carcasses (clothed and unclothed) as human analogues. Larval activity and corresponding heat generation was greatest during the active decay stage and during this period remains were strongly visible to a forward looking infrared radar camera mounted on the Western Australia Police Air Wing helicopter up to distances over one kilometre away. Comparison studies across both autumn and winter conditions allowed determination of the recommended time window for optimal detection visibility.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Award date20 Jul 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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