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Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) 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

This year, OR&R will host two SOCR classes, one at the NOAA Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Alabama and one at NOAA's Western Regional Center in Seattle, Washington. The class usually runs for 3-1/2 days. The SOCR classes will be held as follows:

  • Seattle, Washington, the week of August 17, 2020: Cancelled. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this class is being pivoted to an online class.
  • Remote/Online, the week of August 31, 2020: This first online class will be a pilot program and not open for general participation. We apologize for any inconvenience that this change has caused. Please contact the Training Coordinator with any questions or concerns.
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  • Note: We are not accepting applications for the pilot online SOCR class scheduled for the week of August 31, 2020.

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Last updated Friday, July 24, 2020 11:00am PDT