geoFOR: Where Geospatial Science Meets Forensics
The geoFOR application provides forensic practitioners with a free tool to estimate the postmortem interval (PMI), or time since death. The app uses ArcGIS and machine learning to deliver data-driven PMI estimations via email shortly after case submission.
GeoFOR seeks to address longstanding methodological issues involving PMI estimation by using a machine learning model and automating the collection of weather data. The model draws upon a large, ongoing, and collaborative reference dataset derived from medicolegal forensic cases and human decomposition research facilities.