Table 10. Preliminary Search and Rescue Priorities. (Primary (P) and secondary (S) meteorological and oceanographic data needed for planning SAR operations. Taken from “Environmental Data Needs for U.S. Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System” by Arthur A. Allen of the USCG.)
 
SAR Steps Environmental Parameters
Winds Currents SST AST Waves Visibility Cloud cover Icing
Pre-Incident Voyage P P
Drift Trajectories P P S
Search Effort Allocation S S P S
Search Operations P S S P P P
Account for Previous Searches S S P S
Stopping the Case S P P S

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