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.
|Award date||20 Jul 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|