Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program

Mission Statement

Who are we?

OCB is a network of scientists who work across disciplines, such as ocean chemistry, biology and physics, to understand the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle and the response of marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles to environmental change. OCB is a bottom-up organization that responds to the continually evolving research priorities and needs of its network.

What do we do?

OCB brings together scientific disciplines and cultivates partnerships with complementary US and international programs to address high-priority research questions in ocean biogeochemistry. OCB plays multiple important support roles for its network:

  • Organizes and co-sponsors workshops, short courses, working groups and synthesis activities on emerging research issues
  • Serves as a central information hub (websites, email list, newsletter, social media) to broadcast scientific news, opportunities, and research highlights
  • Engages with relevant national and international science planning initiatives
  • Develops education and outreach activities and products with the goal of promoting ocean carbon science to broader audiences  
  • Trains the next generation of ocean scientists and engages early career scientists in OCB activities (travel support, networking, mentoring)   

What is our impact?

OCB cultivates a continually growing scientific network that fosters interdisciplinary collaborations, informs new projects and funding opportunities, and advances our mechanistic understanding of marine ecosystem-carbon cycle dynamics and their responses to environmental change. OCB activities provide an effective interdisciplinary model and forum for scientific inquiry and discussion.