SCOR Activities Contributing to Ocean Observing Systems

SCOR has contributed to the development of ocean observations in many ways since its inception in 1957. 


Panel on New Technologies for Observing Marine Life

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is funding a SCOR Panel on New Technologies for Observing Marine Life, to advise the Census of Marine Life on technology issues. The panel is preparing a special issue of the electronic journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) One and convened a workshop on ocean biology observatories in September 2008.


SCOR Working Groups

SCOR has led working groups on methods of various types and working groups focused on development of methods and observational technologies have accounted for a large proportion of SCOR working groups. Topics covered include phytoplankton identification and productivity measurements (WGs 3, 17, 20, 24, 33, 78), zooplankton sampling and laboratory methods (WGs 13, 23, 52), determining the physical properties of seawater and the equation of state of seawater (WGs 4 and 127), radio-aids to navigation (WG 8), intercalibration and standardization (WG 16), continuous current velocity m measurements (WG 21), nutrient chemistry (WG 25), monitoring in biological oceanography (WG 29), seafloor mapping and bathymetry (WGs 41, 107), modeling of ocean processes (WGs 35, 49, 59, 73, 83, 108, 110, 111, 121), evaluation of CTD data (WG 51), prediction of El Niņo (WG 55), marine geochronological methods (WG 63), oceanographic applications of drifting buoys (WGs 66, 88), remote measurement of the oceans from satellites (WG 70), methodology for oceanic CO2 measurements (WG 75), physical measurements (WG 77), experimental ecosystems (WG 85), chemical and biological oceanographic sensor technology (WG 90), altimeter data and in-situ current observations (WG 94), acoustic monitoring of the world ocean (WG 96), measurement of submarine groundwater discharges (WG 112), sediment trap and 234Th methods for carbon export flux determination (WG 116), and new technologies for observing marine life (WG 118).


Currently, SCOR working groups are advancing the fields of marine virology (WG 126), thermodynamics and equation of state of seawater (WG 127), automatic plankton visual identification (WG 130) and a new framework for developing and deploying equipment on volunteer observing ships (WG 133). 


GOOS Scientific Steering Committee (GSSC)

SCOR works with the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Ocean Observing System, on behalf of the International Council for Science, one of the co-sponsors of GOOS.  SCOR participates in selecting GSSC members and contributes to annual GSSC meetings.




Photo credit: Mountains in the Sea 2004. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration; Dr. Les Watling, Chief Scientist, University of Maine.

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