TARA OCEANS | Tara, a schooner for the planet

TARA OCEANS

© Sibylle d'Orgeval / Tara Expeditions

2009-2013

ONBOARD SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT DURING TARA OCEANS EXPEDITION

- Plankton nets
- Special net for collecting surface plastic
- CTD rosette (pressure, temperature, conductivity, nitrogen, oxygen, fluorescence, optical properties of water)
- FlowCAM to count and characterize plankton
- Flow Cytobot (underwater) to count and characterize plankton
- UVP (Underwater Video Profiler) to characterize zooplankton, large particles and their vertical distribution
- AC-s spectrophotometer for continuous pigment and particle distribution measurement at the ocean’s surface (coordinated with satellite ocean color imaging)
- Retrodiffusion device to characterize surface material (linked with ocean color satellite)
- Cytofluorimeter able to determine small groups of organisms by size and fluorescence
- Spectrofluorimeter ALFA capable of continuous measurement of fluorescent organisms at the ocean’s surface
- UltraPath spectrophotometer able to characterize optical properties of dissolved material
- PAR radiometer, measuring the luminescence of photosynthesis