Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) Classes
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
The OR&R training team is working to set dates and locations for SOCR classes for fiscal year 2021. As of February 24, 2021, we can confirm the following SOCR classes.
- Virtual SOCR the week of April 26-30, 2021: The application period for this class will be February 24 - March 24, 2021. Applicants will be advised of their acceptance status the week of April 5.
- Seattle, Washington at NOAA's Western Regional Center, the week of August 9, 2021: The application period for this class has not opened yet; however, we will announce the opening on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter), and our monthly newsletter (subscribe).
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 online application form will be available during the application period for each scheduled SOCR class.
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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