Established in 2012 with sponsorship from private and public entities, and formalized in 2016, Project Recover is a partnership among researchers at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and the BentProp Project.

The work blends historical data from many different sources to optimize underwater search areas with scanning sonars, high definition and thermal cameras, advanced diving, and unmanned aerial and underwater robotic technologies. These new methods are now being applied globally where servicemen are still missing.  Information on finds by Project Recover are then transmitted to the U.S. Government Defense MIA/POW Accounting Agency (DPAA), for formal identification, family notification and ultimately repatriation.  Project Recover has an expanding footprint, with cases developing for global search and discover

Principal Investigators

Mark Moline, Ph.D.
Director, School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Pat Scannon, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder, The BentProp Project, Limited

Eric Terrill, Ph.D.
Director, Coastal Observing Research and Development Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego


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