A novel fluorophore tagged exopolysaccharide (TEPS) was developed, synthesized, and tested for its potential implications toward locating Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs). Our TEPS exhibited unique and substantial properties that lend well to current change detection processing techniques and allows for significantly improved detection of objects implanted into the natural landscape. When coupled with a novel image processing package, or Automated Disturbance Detection System (ADDS), that automatically processes images, and creates a map of areas of interest (AOIs) that relate to the detection of a hidden object, TEPS has shown great success. For example, in pilot scale field testing it was able to accurately and automatically identify large (larger than 12) implanted devices nearly 100% of the time and smaller objects (between 1 and 12) 87.5% of the time from an aerial platform. Furthermore, the system only falsely detected one terrestrial disturbance for every fourteen that it correctly identified. An additional benefit of our TEPS system is that its computational requirements will be about 75% less than comparable systems because computationally intense preprocessing algorithms are unnecessary. The combined TEPS and ADDS technologies can rapidly produce maps of AOIs, which would ultimately allow for greater and safer movement of troops in dangerous areas.