Oceans frequently asked questions

A collection of answers to commonly-asked questions relating to our oceans work, including 'What is a mass spectrometer?' and 'What is ocean acidification?'

Ocean acidification is the name given to the lowering of pH of the oceans as a result of increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
Icebergs approach New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands every few years.
Different groups of organisms need trained specialists (taxonomists) to distinguish a new species from one that is already named and scientifically described

Styela clava at Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.