Defence Research and Development Canada CORA Ottawa, Ontario Canada
This report presents the results of Operational Research support to maritime surveillance operations in the Canadian maritime approaches. The principal development is a Bayesian method to estimate the performance of sensors in a way that can be applied during ongoing operations. This novel method does not require knowledge of the sea-truth to evaluate sensors. A method to estimate sea-truth is also presented, which provides a new and unique analysis capability for the estimation of surveillance gaps. The series of new metrics and methods are implemented in a variety of operational tools for analysis of the recognized maritime picture RMP, which support new operational procedures and processes. The desired result is a more robust and optimized maritime surveillance capability.