Exploring the Ocean to understand, Sharing to change
Our future depends on the good health of the Ocean.
The Tara Ocean Foundation, the first foundation in France to be recognised as promoting the public interest and devoted to the ocean, is developing an innovative and unprecedented open science which should enable prediction and better planning for the impact of climate change.
It uses this very high level scientific expertise to raise awareness and educate young people, to mobilise political decision makers and enable developing countries to access this new knowledge.
The schooner Tara is a floating laboratory that has already covered more than 450,000 kilometres since 2003, stopping off in more than 60 countries on 12 expeditions carried out in collaboration with the best international laboratories and organisations (CNRS, CEA, EMBL, PSL, MIT, NASA, etc.).
More than 200 publications in high-level international scientific journals are evidence of the knowledge generated.
- 150 millions New marine genes discovered
- 130 000 students benefit from the educational platform each year
- 1 Special UN observer
- 12 Expeditions since 2003
From schooner to lab!Your students will discover current environmental challenges, will be actors in the experimental approach using real data, and will understand the research professions.
Discover the account of Marion Lauters, student and quartermaster on Tara during Arctic drift..
In the 5th “A Porthole on the Ocean” podcast, we want to introduce you to Sarah Auffret, a polar explorer, committed to the planet and the struggle against plastic pollution, who sadly died in a tragic accident.
Climb aboard the schooner Tara and discover the secret world of coccolithophores What are coccolithophores? What do they look like? Why are they so important for us?
France Culture records the meetings of minds of two guests from different backgrounds, but with complementary concerns: the writer and academician Erik Orsenna, one of the sponsors of the Tara Ocean Foundation, and the oceanographer and biologist Gilles Boeuf, president of the scientific council of the French agency for biodiversity, and professor at the Sorbonne.
Support the Tara Ocean Foundation
The Tara Ocean Foundation, as a “foundation reconnue d’utilité publique” according to French law, is eligible for tax reductions. You can donate through de TransGivingEurope scheme.
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The schooner Tara
A schooner designed for scientific research and defence of the environment. The Tara has been sailing the seas and oceans of the world since 1989 to discover the ocean floor.