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Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

Originally formed by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1957, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) explores scientific questions about the ocean that often require an interdisciplinary approach. 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 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.


Dean Nancy Targett welcomes Dr. Ed Urban, Executive Director of SCOR, to CEOE and the University of Delaware after the May 2007 signing of an agreement making UD the new home of this international science body.

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CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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