Since September 1978 three controlled visual detection experiments providing 966 target detection opportunities in 322 searches have been conducted by the U.S.C.G. Research and Development Center. These experiments involved 82 and 95-foot cutters, 41 and 44-foot boats, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft searching for 16-foot boat and life raft targets. This report compares the detection performance of these search and rescue units (SRUs) with the probability of detection (POD) curves of the National Search and Rescue Manual, and recommends revised predictions based upon these results. Experiment results indicate that actual SRU detection performance falls below that of the present SAR Manual POD curves (based upon the inverse cube law of detection) and above that of the uniform random search curve. Recommendations are also provided for methods to predict POD directly from probability of detection versus lateral range curves for use with the Computer-Assisted Search Planning (CASP) model. (Author)

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  • Authors:
    • Edwards, NCJ
    • Mazour, T J
    • Bemont, R A
    • Osmer, S R
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Pagination: 60 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00329004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-41-80
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-81-79-2038
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2002 12:00AM