Episodes 2017; 40(2): 96-105
Published online June 1, 2017
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Laurance J. Donnelly*
Arup, 6th Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN, UK; Chair, International Union of Geological Sciences, Initiative on Forensic Geology (IUGS-IFG); *Corresponding author, E-mail: Laurance.Donnelly@arup.com; email@example.com
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This themed issue of ‘Episodes’ is dedicated entirely to forensic geology. This provides an overview of how geologists assist the police and law enforcement to help investigate crimes. The documented application of geology to police and law enforcement dates back to the middle part of the 19th Century, and possibly to Roman times. Until the establishment of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG), in 2011, there was no international organization aimed at developing forensic geology on a global scale. Previously, forensic geologists worked in relative isolation from other fellow geologists. There were few incentives or opportunities for the advancement of forensic geology. IUGS-IFG has provided opportunities, incentives and the drive for the global development of forensic geology, as exemplified in this issue of Episodes.