Scientific Glossary

Glossary of terms and abbreviations relevant to the International Seabed Authority and the documents it produces

Please note that this is a constantly evolving document.

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Titlesort descending

Japanese Remotely Operated Vehicle used to survey the deepest point in the oceans and undertake pre-site surveys for Shinkai-6500.


The highest level of taxonomic classification containing one or more Phyla.


A seamount that extends less than 1000m from the seabed but is bigger than a pinnacle. {Figure}.


Korea Deep Ocean Study (Republic of Korea)


Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute (Republic of Korea). One of the groups granted a contract for the exploration ofpolymetallic nodules. Other contractors listed here.