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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ON OCEANIC RESEARCH, INC

aka SCOR   |   Newark, DE   |  www.scor-int.org

Mission

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) promotes international cooperation in ocean sciences through research planning, workshops, symposia, and publications. The results of SCOR activities span the range from fundamental science to knowledge that can be applied immediately to understand and manage humankind's interactions with the ocean.

Ruling year info

1995

President

Dr. Sinjae Yoo

Main address

003 Robinson Hall University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716 USA

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EIN

52-1842894

NTEE code info

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The main problem that we aim to address is the lack of knowledge of how ocean biological, chemical, physical, and geological processes work, which hinders our ability to manage human impacts on the ocean and to predict future ocean changes.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SCOR Capacity Building Program

SCOR supports a comprehensive program for building capacity for ocean science in developing countries. This program includes travel grants for developing country scientists to scientific meetings, grants for training opportunities, and grants to scientists to teach in developing countries for short periods of time.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

SCOR provides support for six international scientific committees that manage projects on topics ranging across ocean biology, chemistry, and acoustics. The organization also supports projects that promote international infrastructural support in the areas of Southern Ocean science, ocean carbon, and harmful algal blooms. Finally, SCOR current supports 20 international working groups that focus on advancing focused areas of ocean science that are at the cutting edge of knowledge.

Population(s) Served
Academics

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research are the following:

1. Increase knowledge of the ocean, its resources, its processes, and how the ocean interacts with the land, atmosphere, and sea ice to increase the ability of society to protect and ocean and use its resources sustainably.
2. Foster international cooperation in ocean science to increase the intellectual resources that can be applied to knowledge generation and problem solving.
3. Build capacity for ocean science in developing countries and help scientists from these countries network with their developed country colleagues.

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) achieves its goals by harnessing the knowledge, ideas, enthusiasm, and efforts of the global ocean science community to continuously generate new activities and see them through to completion. SCOR issues an annual call for proposals for new working groups and is able to help the scientific community to develop new ocean research projects that take shape through discussions among scientists worldwide. SCOR maintains a small office to manage the organization and its strategic processes, consisting of one full-time Executive Director. SCOR receives annual dues from 31 national SCOR committees and grants from national funding agencies and foundations to support its work.

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research was formed in 1957 and has proven itself as efficient and effective in serving as a mechanism for the global ocean science community to increase knowledge of the ocean since then. SCOR achieves its goals primarily through the efforts of scientists from around the world working together. SCOR provides funding, logistical support, and other mechanisms to help these scientists work together.

Scientific output—Since 2000, SCOR working groups have produced many peer-reviewed publications, of which 34 have exceeded 100 citations each. In the past 15 years, three large-scale SCOR-sponsored projects have finished their work: (1) a project on the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle, (2) a project on how climate affects ocean fisheries, and (3) a project on how harmful algal blooms in the ocean start and develop. Five additional projects are currently running: (1) a project on how ocean chemistry affects ocean biology, (2) a project on interactions of the ocean and atmosphere, especially in terms of transfer of "greenhouse gases", (3) a project that is documenting the worldwide concentrations of trace elements and isotopes in the ocean, (4) a project to document sound levels in the ocean and the effects of sound on marine organisms, and (5) a project to study the Indian Ocean.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ON OCEANIC RESEARCH, INC

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Sinjae Yoo

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology

Term: 2020 - 2024

Peter Croot

University of Galway, Ireland

Marie Alexandrine Sicre

(Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

Ilka Peeken

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany

Wee Cheah

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Stefano Aliani

National Research Council of Italy

S. Bradley Moran

University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Johannes van Haren

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Judith Gobin

University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Andrea Flossmann

University Clermont Auvergne, France

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.