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.
French Deep-Sea Research Vehicle. Rated to a depth of 6000m.
Natural Variability of Baseline (COMRA project)
The active swimmers of the pelagic environment (fish, mammals, squid, etc.).
A phylum in the animal kingdom. A dominant group within the meiofauna. Scientific name for nematode. Commonly called roundworms.
Synonymous with Nematoda.
Natural Environment Research Council (United Kingdom).
Pertaining to the water column overlying the Continental Shelf. Compare to Oceanic.
An organism's role in its environment.
National Institute of Oceanography (India).
Quantitative sampling device for taking water samples below the surface. Comprised of a cylindrical container with spring loaded stoppers at both ends. Often used in conjunction with CTD sensors.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States).
A layer of water in which there is a rapid change in nutrients with depth. Compare to halocline, pycnocline and thermocline.