This database gives details of completed cruises and provides a first level inventory of oceanographic measurements made and samples taken. In 1990, the Cruise Summary Report has succeeded the ROSCOP (Report of Observations/ Samples Collected by Oceanographic Programmes) that was conceived by IOC/IODE in the late 1960s in order to provide an inventory for tracking oceanographic data collected on Research Vessels. The CSR activity gained new momentum in Europe in the framework of the development of the SeaDataNet infrastructure, under the lead of the Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) from Germany. The combined ICES and SeaDataNet CSR database now comprises details of over 50.000 oceanographic research cruises primarily from Europe and North America, some information extending back over the last 50 years.
Most marine disciplines are represented in the CSR, including physical, chemical, and biological oceanography, fisheries, marine geology/geophysics, marine contamination/pollution, and marine meteorology. Traditionally, it is the Chief Scientist's obligation to submit a CSR to his/her National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) not later than two weeks after the cruise.
For the POGO CID system BSH has developed a special version of the CSR database, that gives access to Cruise Summary Reports of all ocean-going vessels worldwide larger than 60 metres. BSH also provides an online Content Management System (CMS) to allow Chief Scientists and NODCs of countries outside Europe to prepare and deliver their Cruise Summary Reports.