Science of Chemical Releases Classes
Participants during a Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) class.

Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) classes are designed to help spill responders and planners increase their understanding of chemical spill (release) science when preparing for and analyzing chemical spills, and making risk-based decisions to protect public health, safety, and the environment.

SOCR classes follow a similar framework and level of content as NOAA OR&R's Science of Oil Spills (SOS) classes, but are centered on chemical releases rather than oil.

SOCR classes are designed to offer a broad, science-based approach to understanding the framework for chemical release response for the purpose of:

  • increasing awareness and preparedness, and
  • reducing uncertainty and risk associated with this type of incident.

The classes are primarily intended for new and mid-level spill responders, planners, and stakeholders from government and public agencies. Upon completion of the class, students will be able to demonstrate increased awareness and preparedness by employing science-based decision-making in planning for and responding to chemical incidents.

Where and When

SOCR classes are held once a year, usually at the NOAA Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Alabama. The class usually runs for 3-1/2 days.

The next SOCR class will be held April 3-6, 2017 at the Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Alabama. The application period for this session has closed, and we have notified accepted applicants.

Application Form

There is no tuition for SOCR classes; however, attendees are responsible for their own costs (travel, lodging, food, etc.) and for ensuring that they have all necessary materials and supplies.

Online Application: The application period for this session will be open through Monday, Feb. 20.

If you experience any problems with the submission of your application, please send us an email.


Questions: Contact us with questions, comments, or suggestions about SOCR classes.

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