SAROPSSearch and Rescue Optimal Planning System (USCG)
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The Coast Guard currently uses a software system known as the Search-and-Rescue Optimal Planning System, or SAROPS, to calculate how far a person will have drifted and how large the search area should be, Turner said.
"Calculating survival time will add another layer to SAROPS; it will be able to predict not only where a search should be conducted, but when it should be stopped," he added.
Malta was also the first foreign recipient of SAROPS, which is a software program designed to assist in the planning and execution of search and rescue cases.