Aerial Search is a service that uses forensic imagery analysis. It is the application of interpretative methods and theory to aerial imagery and the exploitation of the visible and near infra-red (IR) bands of the electro-magnetic spectrum. This analysis is particularly effective in the detection and identification of ground surface anomalies, camouflaged items, and buried objects. Aerial imagery can also provide an evidential record of ground anomalies thereby preserving evidence before sites are disturbed by a search operation.
Systematic aerial search and interpretative analysis can be particularly effective in narrowing the search parameters for human remains that have been concealed in clandestine graves, particularly when it is used in conjunction with predictable offender behaviour, cognitive mapping theory, and local terrain analysis.
When utilised early in a search operation, aerial imagery and analysis can be used to identify and prioritise likely body deposition sites, enabling the efficient use of search teams and assets.