The best of focus of Tara Oceans Polar Circle

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21 January 2014

While Tara is at the boatyard in Lorient and waiting for her new departure in May in the Mediterranean, we invite you to relive the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition in a best of focus, from May to December 2013. Have a good trip…

May 21st 2013
ENVIRONMENTAL AND GEOPOLITICAL ISSUES IN THE ARCTIC
After three centuries of development based on the use of fossil fuels, mankind is undoubtedly entering a transitional phase. Today even the greatest skeptics can no longer deny that climate change is a reality that we need to understand in order to adapt. The warming of the atmosphere, disruptions in the world’s climate and rising sea levels have a global impact that are especially evident in the Arctic ecosystem. We can currently observe the accelerated melting of the polar ice pack, a phenomenon that in turn impacts the global climate, oceans, coastlines and the entire biodiversity of the region. The observation of what happens in this fragile and unique ecosystem is important, not only to help preserve it, but also to understand the causes and effects of climate change at a global level. Today certain important climate issues are particularly linked to the Arctic environment :

June 26th 2013
TARA ARCTIC LIVE, A SPECIAL LINK
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.

July 7th 2013
ETIENNE BOURGOIS: “SERIOUS WORK IS BEGINNING NOW IN THE ARCTIC”?
This is the first interview with Etienne Bourgois, President of Tara Expeditions since the launch of the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition.

August 7th 2013
BETWEEN DUDINKA AND PEVEK: INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW CHIEF SCIENTIST ON BOARD
Pascal Hingamp embarked in Dudinka (Russia), replacing Lee Karp Boss as chief scientist.
The first daily sampling station of the leg between Dudinka and Pevek will start in 2 days. But before maneuvers start on deck, Pascal takes a moment to explain the scientific program for the coming months.

La ville de Pevek en Russie

A.Deniaud/Tara Expéditions

September 9th 2013
INTERVIEW: JEAN CLAUDE GASCARD
“In the future, the Northeast and Northwest passages will tend to open up earlier and close in later, except for a seasonal anomaly related to natural variability, as we saw this year.”?

October 12th 2013
LOOKING BACK ON 2 PASSAGES
As part of the Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition, Tara crossed the Northeast (Russian) and Northwest (Canadian) Passages in just 3 months. It was one of the major challenges of this expedition around the Arctic Ocean, which included a complete sampling of marine organisms at the edge of the ice pack. Captain Loïc Vallette, and Romain Troublé, Secretary General of Tara Expeditions (who embarked at Pond Inlet, Canada) look back on the 2 most critical points of this adventure.

November 14th 2013
TARA: 10 YEARS OF COMMITMENT, AND RETURNING FROM THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION
After the 7-month Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition around the North Pole, Tara will  be coming back to France on December 7.
The return will be celebrated on Saturday, December 7, in Lorient, Tara’s home port, and on Sunday, December 8, at the Salon Nautique in Paris. These events will also be an opportunity to recapitulate the commitments of Tara Expeditions, and to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

November 11th 2013
WHY TARA STOPPED AT ST PIERRE ET MIQUELON
This overseas territory is often overlooked on lists of France’s “old” DOM-TOM, yet it’s of major importance in more ways than one.

Saint Pierre et Miquelon

Y.Chavance/Tara Expéditions

December 12th 2013
MEMORIES OF THE EXPEDITION
On Saturday the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition ended where it started – in the port of Lorient. Crew members came back full of memories of their icy voyage. Choice morsels