Toward an IAMSAR-compliant naval shipboard application and validator for maritime SAR decision systems

SAR is an internationally recognized acronym for search and rescue operations of people in distress, executed with emergency procedures, using personnel and available resources to rescue human lives. In Brazil, maritime SAR is under the responsibility of the Commander of Naval Operations (CON), which has developed a new decision support system designed for SAR. However, they have to guarantee compliance with the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual. Therefore, the Brazilian Navy needs an adequate tool to validate the compliance of the new SAR decision support system from the Brazilian with the IAMSAR Manual. The authors propose a computational tool that contemplates the search calculation models contained in chapters 4 and 5 of Volume II of the IAMSAR Manual and presents the data in graphical form depending on various factors involved (such as available units, meteorology, search target, search distance, elapsed time, among others) and validates CON's new SAR decision support system. Besides validating the CON's SAR decision system, the authors expanded their tool, providing a user interface. This standalone tool can be executed as a naval shipboard application, which is helpful for ships without direct access to the SAR system. The authors expect to aid in optimizing SAR services, ultimately reducing costs and time in the SAR operation to save more lives.


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  • Accession Number: 01892347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 2023 5:20PM