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Using geospatial information sciences for the search of clandestine graves

Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal
Ana Josselinne Alegre-Mondragón, José Luis Silván-Cárdenas


This review article seeks to gather recent experiences using Geospatial Information Sciences (GISc) in searching for clandestine graves. Around the world, missing persons are registered daily, and this is a current problem in Mexico that is why we seek to gather recent experiences to find some applications that may be useful. One of the main findings is that the authors agree on the importance of bringing together multidisciplinary teams and using different techniques. This review is divided into three parts: the theoretical and methodological tools of environmental criminology, the use of GISc in confinement contexts, and the use of environmental criminology in the field. Most of the items located are found in this third category, highlighting the use of remote sensing techniques and, more recently, unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.


clandestine graves, spatial analysis, remote sensing, geographic profiling, forensic sciences, geospatial information systems