Probability of detection of a search object being detected, assuming it was in the areas that were searched. POD is a function of coverage factor, sensor, search conditions and the accuracy with which the search facility navigates its assigned search pattern. Measures sensor effectiveness under the prevailing search conditions.

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AMVER SYSTEM

Operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Amver System is a maritime mutual-assistance program that aids coordination of search and rescue efforts by maintaining a worldwide computerized DR plot of participating vessels.

AUTOMATED MUTUAL-ASSISTANCE VESSEL RESCUE SYSTEM

Operated by the United States Coast Guard, the AMVER System is a maritime mutual assistance program that aids coordination of search and rescue efforts in the oceans of the world, by maintaining a computerized worldwide merchant vessel plot.

EMERGENCY POSITION INDICATING RADIOBEACON STATION

As defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a station in the mobile service whose emissions are intended to facilitate search and rescue operations.

EMERGENCY POSITION INDICATING RADIOBEACON

A small portable radio- beacon carried by vessels and aircraft which transmits radio signals which can be used by search and rescue authorities to locate a marine emergency.

RCC

Rescue co-ordination centre: Land-based authority conducting and coordinating search and rescue operations in a designated area

SEARCH PATTERN

A pattern according to which vessels and/or aircraft may conduct a coordinated search (the IMOSAR offers seven search patterns)

MERSAR

Merchant Ship Search and Rescue Manual published by IMO

SART

Search and Rescue Transponder a portable radar transponder for use in survival craft, which transmits homing signals in the 9 GHz band

TARGET DATUM

The most probable position of a search target at a given time

CSS

Co-ordinator surface search: A vessel, other than a rescue unit, designated to co-ordinate surface search and rescue operation within a specified area

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