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Experimental Assessment of the Viability of Using Ground Penetrating Radar for Metal Wire-Snare Detection

Borrion, H; Amiri, A; Delpech, D; Lemieux, A; (2019) Experimental Assessment of the Viability of Using Ground Penetrating Radar for Metal Wire-Snare Detection. Crime Science , 8 , Article 9. 10.1186/s40163-019-0105-0. Green open access

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Abstract

Wildlife crime is an international issue with the illicit trade of flora and fauna estimated to be worth several billion dollars. In national parks, the problem can often be summarised as an arms race, with poachers trying to remain undetected by park rangers and other security personnel that are trying to protect the natural habitat and species from exploitation. Within this context, the detection of wire snares is a critical step. Not only can it reduce the number of animals caught by poachers but it can also help rangers develop better situation awareness and, in turn, improve patrolling strategies. To address the practical challenge of wire-snare detection across wide areas, this article examines the capacity of ground penetrating radar (GPR). Using two snares of small and medium sizes, the experiment confirmed the promising role of this technology, even if poachers attempt to conceal the snares underneath small tree branches and roots.

Type: Article
Title: Experimental Assessment of the Viability of Using Ground Penetrating Radar for Metal Wire-Snare Detection
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s40163-019-0105-0
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40163-019-0105-0
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Wildlife crime, Poaching, Snare, Radar, Detection
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081226
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