Missing Flight MH370 – Operational Search Support

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens around an hour into the flight while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8th, 2014.  RPS provided day-to-day drift modeling to assist the search for the missing plane in the southern Indian Ocean. 

Assistance included a full-time presence in the Canberra Crisis Centre and integration of the data from drifters deployed by aircraft in the Indian Ocean. The drifter data provided accurate measurements of ocean currents to further the accuracy of model predictions.  Data integration of three global ocean models combined to provide multiple forecasts of surface currents.  Drift modeling of various objects from different locations were simulated to help create the daily search areas for the vessels and aircraft using a consensus modeling approach.

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