The best focus of the Tara Oceans expedition

© F.Aurat/TaraExpeditions

25 May 2012

This week, we invite you to rediscover the best Tara Oceans focus, from June 2009 to May 2012.

Happy reading!

 

Tara live:

April 2012
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES ! 
After an expedition lasting two and a half years, Tara is back in Lorient. This latest voyage to study marine life has consolidated the ship’s reputation in the world of science and adventure. The schooner continues to sail in the wake of the great oceanographic vessels. Etienne Bourgois, president of Tara Expeditions, and Romain Troublé have their sights fixed firmly on the future.

February 2012 
TARA COASTS ON THE GULF STREAM 
Due to its spherical form, the earth receives more solar radiation in the tropical zones than in the temperate and sub-polar zones. This situation in the long term results in intense warming at the inter-tropical zones and glaciation in the higher latitudes. Fortunately for life on earth, winds and marine currents distribute this warmth over the entire planet. Oceanic surface and deep circulations transport excess and deficit heat from one region to another.

BAN KI MOON AT SEA ABOARD TARA 
A historic day for Tara Expeditions. After a press conference Thursday at the United Nations where Eric Karsenti, scientific director, presented Tara Oceans Expedition, today Tara experienced a landmark event. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, headquartered in New York, came aboard Tara early Saturday afternoon.

December 2011 
TRIBUTE TO SIR PETER BLAKE 10 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH BY LADY PIPPA BLAKE
On the 10th anniversary of Sir Peter Blake’s death (December 6, 2001), Tara Expeditions asked several personalities to express their feelings about this dedicated sailor. All through December you will find many testimonials. The series starts with Peter’s wife, Lady Pippa Blake. Then Don Robertson, friend and crew member with Team New Zealand and Seamaster (Tara’s former name). Alistair Moore, who was trained by Sir Peter Blake during the Blake Expeditions, will also give us his impressions.

September 2011
THE TARA OCEANS EXPEDITION: A TREASURE IN THE HOLD 
After sailing along the coast of Chile, out to Easter Island and through the Galapagos Islands, the Tara spent two months in French Polynesia. The exceptional biodiversity of the French overseas department made the stay worth every minute!

F.Aurat/Tara Expeditions

F.Aurat/Tara Expeditions

April 2011 
ETIENNE BOURGOIS AND ERIC KARSENTI HAVE DECIDED TO MODIFY THE ROUTE OF THE TARA OCEANS EXPEDITION’S THIRD YEAR. 

February 2011 
AFTER TWO WEEKS OF NAVIGATION TOGETHER ABOARD TARA, ETIENNE BOURGOIS AND ERIC KARSENTI REVIEW THE EXPEDITION
Navigating together through the channels of Patagonia aboard Tara, Etienne Bourgois and Eric Karsenti, the two co-directors of Tara Oceans take stock of the expedition.

September 2010 
GYRE HUNTERS 
Our voyage may look surprising when you follow us day by day: sometimes we sail towards the west, other times to the north. Sometimes we seem hesitant and turn around a zone. Our meandering on the ocean’s surface is determined by the search for certain oceanographic structures, and the best decisions for navigation, especially navigation using our sails. For this Captain Olivier Marien and I consult with each other several times a day to make decisions combining scientific needs, weather & sailing conditions, and the obligation of advancing towards the island of Ascension, our next port of call.

SECOND YEAR, A NEW VOYAGE
Etienne Bourgois, co-director of Tara Oceans, takes a look at the future of our expedition. How will this second year be organized? For him, “Without a doubt, this is the beginning of a new voyage, different, but at the same time very similar.” This second year represents the starting point of a completely new expedition.

Aout 2010 
SECOND YEAR OF TARA OCEANS EXPEDITION: YEAR OF THE UPWELLING 
One thing Dr. Chris Bowler (Expedition Scientific Coordinator and CNRS Director of Research in Biology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure) asserts without any scientific doubt: ‘the star’ of the expedition’s second year will be the study of upwelling off the coast of Peru in the Pacific Ocean.

June 2010 
TARA OCEANS PROGRESS REPORT JUNE 2, 2010 
The Tara Oceans Expedition left the Lorient on September 5, 2009, after a year of intense technical and scientific preparation by the scientific consortium OCEANS and the Tara Expedition crew.

Glider (planeur sous-marin) aux îles Marquises, juillet 2011. Sibylle d'Orgeval / Tara Expeditions

Sibylle d’Orgeval / Tara Expeditions

Avril 2010 
WHERE ONE LEARNS THAT CHOLERA COMES FROM THE SEA…
No sooner had she dropped anchor in the bay of Mumbai (Bombay) that Tara received on board the Indian professor Balakhrish Naïr, who has made fundamental discoveries on the marine origin of the disease, cholera. This is his interview with Chris Bowler, one of the principal scientific coordinators of Tara Oceans.

September 2009 
TARA OCEANS, A UNIQUE EXPEDITION
On 5 September 2009, at noon, the Tara boat has departed from Lorient for a three-year expedition on all the world’s oceans.

June 2009 
THE BOAT IS 20 YEARS OLD
A token by Michel Franco, engineer-designer of Antarctica in 1988.

 

Science: 

April 2012 
“ TARA OCEANS, A TREASURE FOR SCIENTISTS”
Launched in September 2009, the schooner’s seventh expedition (Tara Oceans) hasbeen a two and a half year voyage around the world, with fifty stopovers. Itspurpose has been to investigate planktonic and coral ecosystemsin the perspective of climate changes. One hundred international scientists have taken part. The initialresultsof the expedition have exceeded expectations. But it willtake many yearsfor the data to be analysed and the results published.

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C.Sardet/CNRS/Tara Oceans

February 2012
OCEANOMICS, FUNDED BY INVESTMENTS FOR THE FUTURE
The OCEANOMICS program will give us an opportunity to find applications for Tara Oceans’ discoveries in various domains of research and development aimed at the global ecology of the planet. At the “Salon d’Agriculture” today, Minister of Research M. Laurent Wauquiez, and Minister of Agriculture, M. Bruno LeMaire announced the results of their call for “Biotechnology and Bioresource” projects. OCEANOMICS is one of 8 research projects selected during this 2nd round, and the only one not in the field of agronomy.

November 2011 
TARA OCEANS EXPEDITION: SCIENTIFIC RESULT – A SECOND YEAR OF DISCOVERY

September 2011 
STUDY REVEALS WIDESPREAD PLASTIC DISTRIBUTION IN ANTARCTIC WATERS

Février 2010 
PROTISTA, THE WORLD’S CARBON PUMPS
They comprise one of the living world’s five great natural divisions and yet they are the least well known. What are they called? Protista, from the Greek protos, meaning ‘first’.

 

Environmental issues:

January 2012 
THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL 
Motors off, sails down, Tara begins a long station in the Gulf of Mexico. In the middle of nowhere? Not really. We’re close to the spot where almost 2 years ago, one of the most serious ecological catastrophes involving oil occurred: the explosion of Deepwater Horizon. At first glance, no trace of the oil drilling platform, nor the millions of liters of spilled ‘black gold’. But our scientific team wonders whether marine micro-organisms still carry evidence of the catastrophe. While we wait for analysis of our samples, let’s look back on what happened here.

October 2010 
FADING FAST: 2010 EXPEDITION EXAMINES THE WORRYING STATE OF INDIAN OCEAN CORAL REEFS
IUCN scientists were part of a recent expedition, Tara Oceans, to investigate coral bleaching on the reefs of Mayotte, an island that lies to the north west of Madagascar. The team found that bleaching here, which was first reported in March this year, is the worst seen in the Indian Ocean.

Récifs coraliens à Mayotte.

M.Oriot/Fonds Tara

 

Art:

May 2012
THE TARA VIEWED BY ARTISTS
Four artists choose a work that encapsulates ctheir time aboard the Tara during the Tara Oceans Expedition and explain the story behind it.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS TARA OCEANS, THE SECRET WORLD
Interview with Michael Pitiot, director and writer of the series of four documentary films, TARA OCEANS, THE SECRET WORLD .