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The Ocean in Action

Diving into its chemical and physical processes

Meet New Zealand scientists studying the physical and chemical properties of the ocean, and explore the ocean’s role in transporting heat, water, salt and carbon around the Earth.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about The Ocean in Action.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for The Ocean in Action.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    Argo project

    The Argo project has many scientific floats drifting around the ocean measuring currents, temperature and salinity down to a depth of 2000m. NIWA oceanographer Phil Sutton uses the real-time data in...

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    Ocean temperature

    Ocean surface temperature varies with the amount of solar energy the water absorbs. Cold water is denser than warm so it sinks, causing deep water currents.

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    Ocean dissolved gases

    Seawater has many different gases dissolved in it, some of which are vital for living things. The uptake of carbon dioxide by the ocean regulates the gas in the atmosphere.

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    Dr Phil Sutton

    Dr Phil Sutton is an oceanographer with a physics background. He works for NIWA, where he is involved in the international Argo ocean studies project.

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Carbon cycle

Explore this interactive diagram to learn more about the global carbon cycle.


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to The Ocean...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about The Ocean in Action, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in The Ocean in Action. Click on a name to find out...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring The Ocean in...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at the history of some aspects of ocean studies, including the interaction of the ocean with climate and atmospheric...

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about The Ocean in...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring The Ocean in Action – the ‘basics’ that every...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to The Ocean in Action.

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