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The IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology

The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG) was established at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on 22 Feburary 2011. The aim of the IUGS-IFG is, ‘to develop forensic geology internationally and promote its applications’. This site is hosted by the Centre for GIS and Geomatics

What is Forensic Geology ?

Forensic Geology (known also as Geoforensics or Forensic Geoscience) is the application of geology to criminal investigations. Forensic geologists may assist the police in some types of crimes to help determine what happened, where and when it occurred, or to help search for homicide graves or other objects buried in the ground. In a law enforcement context, forensic geology specialists may support the police in two broad fields: (a) geological (trace) evidence and (b) search for burials.

Objectives of the IUGS Task Group on Forensic Geology

Our objectives are to:

  1. Collate and disseminate data and information on forensic geology applied to policing and law enforcement, criminal, environmental and civil investigations.
  2. Promote international meetings, seminars, conferences and training.
  3. Develop a 'Committee' to act as principal advisers, collaborators and active participants.
  4. Develop an international network whereby each 'member' will act as a principal contact in their respective country for the collation and dissemination of information on forensic geology.
  5. Collate, make available and where appropriate review any existing documentation and publications in forensic geology.
  6. Produce a document endorsed by the Committee to be called A Guide to Forensic Geology.