Search and Rescue Model (SaR)

MEDSLIK Search and Rescue Model is a well established trajectory prediction system aiming to support the search and rescue operational centers worldwide. MEDSLIK SaR model predicts the trajectory of floating objects taking into account the:

  • wind,
  • 3D currents,
  • waves,
  • Stoke’s drift by waves,
  • wind drag for objects protruding above the sea level (MEDSLIK incorporates the Leeway factors based on the IAMSAR guidelines for search and rescue operations)
  • vertical density of the sea water in case of oil spill below the sea surface
SaR floating objects
An example of MEDSLIK multiple virtual floating objects 24h predictions, from February–March 2008 along the trajectory of an SVP type drifter, NE Levantine, Eastern Mediterranean, using the downscaled high resolution CYCOFOS forecasts from the MyOcean MFS, during the ECOOP and MyOcean projects

MEDSLIK search and rescue model can be easily integrated with the operational ocean models at regional or coastal domains around the globe. Moreover, the MEDSLIK search and rescue model prediction length may vary from few hours up to 3 weeks, but using the ‘restart” facility of the model, the floating object prediction length can be extended further depending on the end user application requirements and the forcing availability.

The MEDSLIK search and rescue model is used in operational mode in the Mediterranean Sea with the Copernicus marine service meteo-ocean forecasting data, while it is implemented in a pre-operational mode in the Baltic and Black seas, by several institutions and search and rescue agencies. It is also used for operational and inter-comparison applications in the Eastern Mediterranean Levantine Basin by the Cyprus Joint Coordinating Center for Search and Rescue and the British Search and Rescue Center at the British Military Base in Cyprus.