Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a non-profit organization that represents 94 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, and aquaria.

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The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 94 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.

The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

In addition to its advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and education community in Washington DC, Ocean Leadership also manages a variety of community-wide programs including:

* Integrated Ocean Drilling Program - Ocean Leadership leads the efforts for U.S. activities in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), which is the successor to the Ocean Drilling Program. IODP builds on and expands the explorations of ODP through enhanced collaborations with Japan, China, South Korea and a consortium of European countries.

* National Oceanographic Partnership Program - The National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) is an innovative collaboration of 15 federal agencies that funds research partnerships among academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Established by Congress in 1996, NOPP coordinates and strengthens oceanographic efforts in the areas of data, resources, education and communication.

* Census of Marine Life - The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is the first international program dedicated to studying the biology of the ocean. CoML is a growing global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution and abundance of life in the ocean. CoML uses field research, historical data and models of trends and projections to understand and forecast marine biodiversity. Ocean Leadership provides a home to the Internatinoal Secretariat as well as the coordinating office of the U.S. Program.

* U.S. Science Support Program - The U.S. Science Support Program, associated with IODP, supports U.S. scientists participation in IODP.

* Ocean Observatories Initiative - The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a program that focuses the science, technology, education, and outreach of an emerging network of science driven ocean observing systems.

* Ocean Drilling Program - The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) was a 20-year international partnership of scientists and research institutions organized to explore the evolution and structure of the Earth through scientific ocean drilling. Although ODP has concluded, Ocean Leadership is developing the program’s Legacy with its partners, Texas A&M University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

* National Ocean Sciences Bowl - The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is an academic competition for high school students designed to stimulate interest in the ocean sciences. Established in 1998, NOSB has grown to 25 regional competitions with approximately 2,000 students from almost 300 schools participating annually. NOSB has reached over 16,000 students and teachers throughout the nation, inspiring many to become the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, technicians, and ocean advocates.

* In addition to these programs, Ocean Leadership has an active education and community engagement program designed to help students, teachers, elected officials, and the general public better understand the significance of research discoveries, as well as the relevance and value of oceans research.

Ocean Leadership was established as a private, non-profit corporation in 2007 and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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