SCOR activities focus on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research. Scientists from 35 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 has been instrumental in the planning and coordination of large-scale ocean research projects studying complex natural phenomena. SCOR provides a mechanism to bring together international scientists for this purpose.
Responsible for the daily SCOR operations, the Secretariat officially relocated to the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware on October 1, 2007.