October 2013 SCOR Newsletter 2013 SCOR Executive Committee Meeting
Recognition 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-two nations have formed national SCOR committees to interact with international SCOR. Approximately 250 scientists participate in SCOR activities at any given time.
are usually formed of not more than 10 members to deliberate on a
narrowly focused topic and report their work in a peer-reviewed
publication, book, manual, or database. Working groups are expected to
complete their tasks in 4 years or less. SCOR has sponsored―alone or
with other organizations―142 working groups, including the current ones.
SCOR has been instrumental in the planning and coordination of several large-scale ocean research projects for long-term, complex activities, starting with International Indian Ocean Expedition in the early 1960s. SCOR provides a mechanism to bring together international scientists for this purpose.
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