University of Kansas researchers are traveling the world in a dangerous pursuit. They’re testing a new, high-tech method for mapping land mines.
KU geography professor Jerry Doubloon, says the goal is to develop a system that allows mapping a mine field without walking on it.
The system the Kansas researchers use is based on technology developed in Sweden. It uses laser binoculars, GPS, a hand-held computer and a digital camera to create maps of areas where mines have been detected.
The information is forwarded to an international database. It then can be accessed by de-mining agencies that will go to remove mines.
The Kansas team is studying how well the system works, and how to train those who will use it in mine-laden countries.