Since its inception in 2001, CICOR has supported more than 110 research projects and outreach activities, bringing the 7-year budget to more than $32.6 million. CICOR maintains its commitment to education and outreach by supporting one to two post doctoral scholars, one to two WHOI/MIT Joint Program Students and three Summer Student Fellows per year. These students and post docs all work directly on topics related to NOAA’s goals.
In 2006 CICOR established two Associate Directorships within the organization to foster communication and collaboration between NOAA and local scientists and engineers in the areas of coastal and ecosystems research and their relationship to climate. The first leaders to take on these responsibilities are Dr. Kenneth Brink (Physical Oceanography) and Dr. Jesús Pineda (Biology).
One role of the NOAA Cooperative Institutes is to engage the academic and private research communities in working with NOAA to develop plans for research and coordinated efforts. To this end CICOR has helped fund and organize OceanSITES efforts for the international Ocean Time-Series group that promotes collaboration and long-term ocean observations. In 2006 CICOR also co-sponsored the annual QARTOD (Quality Assurance and Real Time Oceanographic Data) meeting with the NOAA office of National Ocean Services (NOS). QARTOD is a continuing multi-agency effort formed to address the quality assurance and quality control issues of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) community. CICOR continues to support these activities in their upcoming Spring 2008 meetings.
CICOR links NOAA’s priorities to the vibrant and cutting edge science that WHOI scientists engage in and acts as a catalyst for collaboration.