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Global Ocean Corps and Conveyor

Inspiring sustained, long-term ocean science education
and research collaborations between nations

A UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Program


Ocean and sand

Scientific Discovery

Oceanography is a global science and we need partners everywhere to successfully observe and model the global ocean, and to develop solutions for a more sustainable treatment of the ocean.

Sand and ocean

Global Engagement

Just as the Peace Corps inspires young Americans to engage the world, Ocean Corps will inspire oceanographers to engage the world via capacity development and research collaboration.

Clear water at the beach

Equity and Diversity

Ocean science infrastructure is unequally distributed across the globe. Ocean Corps will create and support existing collaboration with ocean scientists globally to address this inequity.


Ocean Corps as a conveyor belt of global ocean science exchange


Ocean Corps Vision:

An inclusive and integrated ocean science community, fueled by multifaceted knowledge and capacity exchange throughout the globe.

Ocean Corps Mission:

To facilitate capacity building around the world in ocean science and its application through international exchange with the global community.


In addition to being a UN Ocean Decade Program, the Ocean Corps concept is listed on the Ocean Shot Directory of the US National Committee for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Many of the Ocean Corps co-leads are involved in a related UN Decade concept, EquiSea: The Ocean Science Fund for All

Coastal Ocean and Environment Summer School in Ghana (COESSING)

COESSING is a one-week summer school that has taken place yearly since 2015 with the goal of educating and inspiring West African scientists at all career stages to pursue ocean-related fields. COESSING is one example of the exchange modalities that will be supported by Ocean Corps. COESSING is also an endorsed UN Ocean Decade Project.

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