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Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS)

Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS) is a Monte Carlo-based software system used by the Coast Guard for maritime search planning. SAROPS uses thousands of simulated particles generated by user inputs in a graphical user interface. SAROPS was designed to effectively use higher resolution gridded environmental data to provide superior accuracy in search object drift.


  • Handle multiple scenarios and search object types.
  • Model pre-distress motion and hazards.
  • Account for the affects of previous searches.
  • Make requests and receive real-time data from an environmental data server.
  • Manually input winds and currents information via a sketch tool using objective analysis techniques.
  • Use the latest drift algorithms to project the drift of the survivors and craft.
  • Automate search rescue unit allocation by maximizing probability of success.
  • Generate search pattern summaries and search effectiveness reports.
  • Export and import SAROPS case files.