The Earth is a blue planet. The Ocean covers 70.8% of its surface, drawing and connecting continents. Due to its biodiversity and size, it is at the heart of major planetary balances. Under anthropic pressure from overfishing, multiple pollution and global warming, it is urgent to explore this environment to understand and protect it as quickly as possible, as well as talk about and exploit it in a sustainable manner within the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustained challenges of knowledge
Keeping the planet’s global health in mind, the Tara Ocean Foundation, together with its scientific consortia partners, focuses its energy and sponsors’ support on exploring marine biodiversity — which is still poorly understood — and studying the major impacts of climate change, multiple pollution and human activities on its health.
Proving the interdependence of biodiversity and climate on a large scale.
Alerting to the impact of our collective pollution on biodiversity.
Sentinel of climate change, the North Pole is a laboratory to study future environmental impacts.
Our 7 expéditions majeures
Unravel the mysteries of the first actor present in all facets of ocean biodiversity, its fundamental basis: the microbiome.See more
A high-risk 18-month expedition drifting with the sea ice on the edge of the North Pole to see the effects of climate change.See more
An expedition to the heart of the biodiversity of the planktonic world, with the Ocean under the microscope.See more
To examine the biodiversity of coral reefs and their evolution in the face of climate change and the presence of manSee more
An expedition along 9 major European rivers to describe and understand the origins and flux of plastic waste.See more
Expedition dedicated to the scourge of plastic pollution, with the Mediterranean as our laboratory.See more
Understanding the impact of human activities on the biodiversity of European coastal ecosystems!See more
Going to sea, spending time sailing on the Ocean, telling its beauty and fragility, and sharing the human adventure to convince and simply give access to this environment to researchers is one of the challenges of this century.