In an unprecedented scientific and human adventure, from September 2006 to January 2008 Tara drifted in the Arctic, a region critical to the evolution of Earth’s climate.
In collaboration with the European research program Damocles, scientists aboard Tara conducted studies in the atmosphere up to an altitude of 2 000 meters, and in the Arctic Ocean to a depth of more than 4000 meters. Data collected included temperature of the air and water, pressure, salinity, wind speed and direction, etc. Analysis of this data will continue for a long time, but the first conclusions seemto confirm the most pessimistic predictions of climatologists: various simulations of the future Arctic climate all foresee the complete disappearance of summer sea ice in the next 10 to 15 years.
Discover Francis Latreille’s pictures in the Arctic before the drift, 2006