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International Search & Rescue Incident Database (ISRID)
dbS Productions is pleased to spearhead the International Search & Rescue Incident Database (ISRID) as part of a USDA grant which allowed the collection and analysis of SAR statistics from around the world.  The grant is finished and the first results are published in the book Lost Person Behavior by Robert J. Koester. New probability of area (POA) and survivability computer models will be developed that are specific to subject type, eco-region, terrain, land-features, and several other factors.  Several new subject types have been reported in greater detail bringing the total to 41 subject categories.  Over 50,000 SAR incidents have already been collected.  Data has been collected from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the USA.  Additional countries and states are still expected to contribute data soon.

While a lot of data has already been collected, additional data is still needed from selected eco-regions.  The project is especially looking for SAR cases from the following eco-regions; all of the cold domains (icecap, tundra, and sub artic), warm continental (US Northeast), Prairie (US great plains, NZ Canterbury Plains), Mediterranean (California, countries around the Mediterranean), Tropical/Subtropical Steppe (Texas, New Mexico), Tropical/Subtropical Desert (Southwest desert in California, Arizona, Australia), Savanna (Tropics), and Rainforest (Tropics). In fact, more data is needed from every area.

If you are interested in providing data please contact us first, for additional information.

Download SAR Data Collection Spreadsheet

If you are interested in participating please read carefully:

1. Click here to determine if data from your state/province or country has already been collected.

2. Right-click to download blank spreadsheet.

3. Spreadsheet has comment boxes to help fill it in.

4. Return spreadsheet to Robert @ dbs-sar.com

Work is currently underway to update and develop a new user friendly method of collecting and reporting data.

The following map may be used to help identify the different eco-regions found throughout the world.  Eco-regions will allow an more meaningful comparison of missing person statistics taken from around the world.  A single state may have wet mountains (Pacific Northwest) and flat dry terrain.  Subjects appear to behave differently in these unique environments.

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