Science to Support SDG-14 Goals
by Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) (Scientific community)
The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) will provide mechanisms for individual scientists to work together on research, observations, and modelling related to policy-relevant ocean science issues. SCOR will also continue to develop capacity for ocean science in developing countries through summer schools, SCOR Visiting Scholars, fellowships for operational oceanography (with the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans), and research camps.
Updates to voluntary commitment
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): Radioactive pollutants
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
August 2017
SCOR will develop a database of trace elements and isotopes in the ocean
September 2018
SCOR will deliver eLectures on radioactivity in the ocean
September 2020
SCOR will send at least 12 SCOR Visiting Scholars to developing countries in the period 2017-2020, to teach and mentor on ocean science topics.
September 2020
SCOR will support at least 8 POGO-SCOR Fellows for Operational Oceanography in the period 2017-2020.
In-kind contribution
SCOR is supporting SCOR Working Group 146 on Radioactivity in the Ocean, 5 decades later (RiO5), which is developing tools to enhance public understanding of radioactivity, in particular in the ocean.
In-kind contribution
SCOR will select at least 12 SCOR Visiting Scholars in 2017-2020, based on an open application process. These individuals will teach and mentor in developing countries to help transfer scientific knowledge and technology. The SCOR Visiting Scholar Progra
In-kind contribution
SCOR will work with the Partnership on Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) to select 4-5 POGO-SCOR Fellows for Operational Oceanography between 2017 and 2020. These Fellows will learn how to use ocean observing technologies to understand the ocean in
In-kind contribution
The SCOR GEOTRACES project is documenting the concentrations of trace elements in all basins of the ocean, from the surface to the seafloor. The GEOTRACES 2017 Intermediate Data Product will an open-access product that will provide data to improve the un
Basic information
Time-frame: August 2017 - September 2020
Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (non-governmental organization) Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (non-governmental organization)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Early-career scientists in developing countries Managers of ocean areas subject to radioactive pollution Scientists and managers needed data and understanding of trace elements and isotopes in the ocean
Contact information
Ed Urban, Executive Director, ed.urban@scor-int.org, (302) 831-7011
Newark, Delaware, USA
Other SDGs
United Nations