Tara Oceans is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton, a form of sea life that includes organisms as small as viruses and bacterias, and as big as medusas. Our goal is to better understand planktonic ecosystems by exploring the countless species, learning about interactions among them and with their environment. Marine plankton is the only ecosystem that is almost continuous over the surface of the Earth. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet. Recently, scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate: populations of plankton are affected very rapidly by variations in climate. But in turn they can influence the climate by modifying the absorption of carbon. In a context of rapid physico-chemical changes, for example the acidification observed today in the world's oceans, it is urgent to understand and predict the evolution of these particular ecosystems. Finally, plankton is an astonishing way of going back in time – a prime source of fossils. Over the eons, plankton has created several hundred meters of sediment on the ocean floors. This allows us to go back in time, to the first oceans on Earth, and better understand the history of our biosphere.
More than 12 fields of research are involved in the project, which will bring together an international team of oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, geneticists, and physicists from prestigious laboratories headed by Eric Karsenti of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.
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EXHIBITION IN PARIS : TARA’S 10 YEARS, VIEWS of 20 ARTISTS
EXHIBITION: TARA’S 10 YEARS – VIEWS of 20 ARTISTS
December 16, 2013 to January 10, 2014 , Monday to Saturday, 10am-7pm At agnès b. 17 rue Dieu, 75010 Paris, metro République
On the occasion of Tara Expeditions' 10th anniversary, the artists who embarked during the scientific expeditions aboard Tara are exhibiting their work at the agnès b. headquarters in Paris, from December 16, 2013 to January 10, 2014.
With Ariane Michel. Pierre Huyghe. Xavier Veilhan. Sebastião Salgado. Loulou Picasso. Laurent Ballesta. Francis Latreille. François Bernard. Ellie Ga. Vincent Hilaire. Rémi Hamoir. Benjamin Flao. Julien Girardot. Guillaume Bounaud. Aurore de la Morinerie. Mara Haseltine. Giuseppe Zevola. François Aurat. Christian Sardet. Mattias Ormestad. Cedric Guigand. Alex Dolan. Ho Rui An.
Residency of the artists Alex Dolan and Ho Rui An selected by 89plus
After welcoming in the past the artists Pierre Huyghe, Sebastião Salgado, and Xavier Veilhan, the schooner Tara (ex-Seamaster with Sir Peter Blake) continues her mission of raising public awareness by inviting 2 artists aboard – Alex Dolan and Ho Rui An – selected by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets for 89plus.
On November 15 they will embark on the final leg of theTara Oceans Polar Circleexpedition for a 25-day artists residency – from Quebec (Canada) to Lorient (France). The artists will have carte blanche to interpret their experiences through their art.Their photo of the day will be published on our Instagram.
The Tara Oceans expedition discovers a new coral reef species from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
A new shallow water coral species, Echinophyllia tarae sp. n., is described from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. The remote and poorly known Gambier islands were explored by the Tara Oceans international research expedition in 2011. Scleractinia, also called stony corals, are ancient and structurally simple marine animals which have the ability to form hard skeletons and are involved in the build up of coral reefs. This new coral is common in the lagoon reefs of the Gambier, and was observed in muddy environments where several colonies showed partial mortality and re-growth. The paper devoted to the new species was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
FranceTV news, France3, Thalassa and Tara Expeditions present the "Tara Arctic Live" website at: www.francetv.fr/tara
A daily breath of fresh air! Follow the Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition live on the internet. During this scientific and human adventure, 25,000 kilometers around the Arctic Ocean, you can view videos and photos sent daily by the team on board, including sequences from 4 video cameras installed in various places on the sailboat. For more information on the expedition, please click here.
Experience the adventure as if you were there Through the end of October 2013, you will experience daily life aboard Tara with the team of scientists. You will cross paths with bears, Arctic residents, and some surprise guests. There will be stopovers in Tromsø (Norway), Dudinka (Russia), and Tuktoyaktuk (Canada). You can follow the boat’s course and experience the expedition via 4 webcams placed on the mast, on the bridge, on the rear deck (including the fascinating laboratory where all experiments are controlled) and even a mobile underwater camera. You can also see a daily map of the ice showing the extent of melting due to climate change, and discover microscope images analyzing Arctic plankton. Experience life on board as if you were there!
Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations speaks to Tara at Rio +20
Part of the speach :
"Earlier this year, I had the chance to board the Tara Expeditions when it docked in New York. The crew was really inspiring. They shared so much information with me about oceans and climate change. I am really grateful that they are raising awareness around the world … and I am very proud that the United Nations is supporting them. As I stood on the Tara that day in February, I stood on the deck and looked out at downtown Manhattan. We were surrounded by skyscrapers but we had a window on the deep blue sea. It was a reminder that our worlds are connected. I promised the crew that I would continue working with dedication for the planet’s oceans. Now, Rio has to put more wind in our sails, so we can navigate the waves to a better future. Let us advance for our oceans and our world."