Mission: The organization exists to promote international cooperation in ocean sciences through research planning, workshops, symposia, and publications.
Programs: A major function of scor is planning and coordinating international research projects and identification of new priority research topics. To conduct this function, scor sponsored four (4) international research projects in 2014 through meetings and other activities of their scientific steering committees. Scor sponsored ten (10) working groups in 2014, which document the state of specific areas of ocean science, identifying high-priority research topics, and addressing technical issues that hinder the advance of ocean science. Finally, scor sponsors committees, workshops, and symposia that address other issues of importance for human uses and impacts on the ocean, such as ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, the ocean carbon cycle, and management of ocean data.
assistance to scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to attend major ocean science meetings around the world. Meeting planners can apply to scor for funding for such travel grants and in a typical year scor supports ten (10) meetings and the travel costs of 50-60 students and scientists.