Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

SCOR LogoRecognition that scientific questions about the ocean often require an interdisciplinary approach led the International Council for Science (ICSU) to form the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) in 1957. SCOR was the first interdisciplinary body formed by ICSU.

SCOR activities focus on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research, and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research. Scientists from thirty-five nations participate in SCOR working groups and steering committees. Approximately 250 scientists participate in SCOR activities on a voluntary basis at any given time.

SCOR promotes capacity building for marine scientists in developing countries and countries with economies in transition through special efforts to include such scientists in SCOR activities, through travel grants to as many as 75 individuals each year, and through a new activity on Regional Graduate Schools of Oceanography and Marine Environmental Sciences.

Beginning with the International Indian Ocean Expedition in the early 1960s, SCOR has been instrumental in the planning and coordination of several large-scale ocean research projects. SCOR provides a mechanism to bring together international scientists for this purpose. In recent years, SCOR has been joined by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in promoting large-scale ocean research projects. The international versions of the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics project, the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, the Tropical Ocean-Global Atmosphere project, the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, and the Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms program resulted from SCOR working groups or other subsidiary groups. We are grateful to SCOR for their continued support for GLOBEC.

For further information please see the SCOR website.