Spoorology is the science of spoor, commonly known as tracks. Spoor is the proper term used for tracks, like footprints, and other physical evidence of somethings presence.
Spoorology, or tracking is a science as well as an art. The physics behind spoorology is science, while the viewing and interpretation thereof can be an art. Much as learning to paint, or play and instrument, the art of tracking is somthing that is learned, over a long period of time.
The study of spoor can be divided into several different disciplines. Forensic, meaning expert witness and crime scene recreation for law enforcement, SAR search and rescue, military combat tracking, animal tracking, human behavioral science, and many other forms.
The photo above is a Mounted SAR CERT team in Indiana. They are commonly called out to “run down” or track missing persons of a non violent nature. This can involve trackers on foot, vehicles, ATV’s, horses, and even tracking dogs.
My friends and I have been doing scientific study of Spoorology for many years now. We have taught classes, published articles in magazines and journals, written books, Master Degree Thesis, and made videos all with the intent of spreading the knowledge of this science. Some of us have developed and ran certification courses in tracking. Some of us have been expert witnesses for the court in the United States. With this new science, we can add to the worlds knowledge about human behavior, psychology, physics, and other disciplines.
Spoorology or tracking is also focused on animals by some. These scientists use the animals spoor or tracks to research animal behavior, follow the animals, and check their health. Some survival schools teach tracking, most of that is focused on animal spoor, and much of it is not in depth. The classes are normally designed just to raise awareness. To get people to start noticing and seeing spoor, following it, and at most, the very basic interpretations of the spoor.
What our research does is to actually go in depth, to a forensic level of the science, and bring forth information not otherwise possible to find by looking at other parts of the human or animals life. Blood tests and dna cannot give you the same information as you get from the quarries spoor.
I have developed a system that will actually identify each specimin as an individual, simular to DNA or fingerprints.