Upwelling phenomenon in the Benguela Current with Emma Rocke, lead scientist aboard the schooner Tara

Her journey to become a researcher A childhood in harmony with nature Emma grew up in the Canadian countryside, close to a lake where she spent most of her free time exploring local wildlife. From a very young age she cared about her environment. Due to the lack of implementation of local policies and overpopulation, the water

At the heart of dynamic ocean structures: portrait of Rémi Laxenaire, lead scientist aboard the schooner Tara

His journey to become a researcher Discovering the Ocean on the Reunion Island Having grown up on Reunion Island, Rémi has had a special connection with the Ocean since his childhood. Through his scuba dives and sailing trips, he discovered and explored the Western Indian Ocean basin. These experiences confirmed his desire to orient his

What progress has been made following the United Nations Conference on the Ocean in Lisbon?

Hundreds of new commitments for the Ocean registered Last February, the One Ocean Summit initiated by President Macron in Brest launched a year 2022 that can be described as a “Super Year for the Ocean”. After the positive outcomes of the General Assembly of the UN Environmental Program in Nairobi in March (UNEA-5.2), where states

Is it possible to highlight a change within plankton communities due to ocean eddies?

Ocean circulation Connecting 2 continents by sailing near the Roaring 40s and the Furious 50s (*1) is a true maritime adventure that requires facing raging elements: high winds, gigantic waves and very cold temperatures. These areas are also characterized by strong currents separating ocean regions with very different hydrographic properties. This illustrates the key role

Integrating the ocean into the climate regime: the Ocean & Climate Platform’s challenge

A collective watches over the Ocean The ocean is a key player in climate regulation. Unfortunately, it has long been absent from climate negotiations. In order to integrate the ocean into the climate regime, a group of civil society actors, with the support of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, decided to create the

Part 3 of the Microbiome mission: the schooner Tara samples the West African coast for 5 months

An ambitious scientific program in West Africa For 5 months, the schooner will stopover in 7 African countries: South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Gambia and Senegal. During this presence along the African coasts, the Tara Ocean Foundation and associated research institutes will delve into 3 major scientific projects: The

Plastic pollution, the solutions are circular

To find the best solutions, we need to go back to the source of the problem. The current economic model, based on the extraction of resources, their transformation and then their destruction, depletes the planet and generates mass waste. This is true regardless of the resources, whether organic or geological in origin. This impasse was

Looking for a coccolithophore bloom off Argentina by Flora Vincent

Her journey to become a researcher A childhood in contact with the Ocean Flora was born in the south of France. She spent a lot of time during school holidays discovering the Mediterranean Sea. At the age of 8, she became passionate about scuba diving and something clicked: “I could spend hours underwater looking at fish,

Plastic pollution in the Ocean: What are the Tara Ocean Foundation’s levers for action?

What is plastic? Plastic is not a single material. There are thousands of types, with a wide variety of visual, mechanical and technical properties. This diversity of physical properties can be explained in two ways:  First by the initial diversity of plastic polymers such as polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyethylene (PET).

5,500 new RNA virus species discovered in the Ocean using samples collected during Tara Oceans mission

Discovering the RNA virosphere The ocean was once thought to be a vast desert in terms of viruses. Today, scientists are turning to the multitudes we now know inhabit the world’s seas to unravel mysteries of their biology, evolution, and function. While viruses are synonymous with disease, they also infect smaller organisms that run the

Tara-Jambio mission: studying microplastic pollution in Japan

If the Japanese coasts are known to shelter a significant biodiversity, they are also known for their high concentration of microplastics, these particles of a size between 0.3 and 5 millimeters, forming a pollution almost invisible to the eye, complex and difficult to treat. Identify and better understand the fragmentation of this plastic waste and

Why is scientific research essential in Antarctica?

Discovering the Antarctic continent 1- Geography and climate What is the surface area of Antarctica? More than 98% of this continent is covered with ice. In this area of the globe, different types of ice coexist: the ice cap and sea ice.  The ice cap is a freshwater glacier (resulting from long-term accumulation of continental snow) covering an

Microbiome mission: Tara studies the Brazilian coasts

Ecosystems are rich in biodiversity off the coast of Brazil  The Brazilian coasts are characterized by the presence of strong ocean currents. These currents ensure an extended mixing of the Amazon waters in the Atlantic Ocean that influences marine life. The first stage of the mission was to study the Amazon plume. The Amazon plume: 2

Become an artist-in-residence aboard the schooner Tara

Become an artist-in-residence aboard the schooner Tara

Science has always been a source of inspiration for artists. Aboard the  schooner, they observe and transcribe, according to their sensitivity and  imagination, the richness of the oceans, the research, and daily life in close  quarters.  Calls for residency  On each new mission, residencies aboard the schooner are an opportunity to  cultivate different perspectives, create

Plankton sample after filteration through a 10 micron filter ©Sarah Fretwell // Tara Ocean Foundation

COP : is a happy ending possible ?

November 16th, 2021, National climate action plans far from the goal of 1.5°C In the COP26 negotiation spaces, we no longer discuss whether or not there is a climate crisis, as it has been the case for too long in the past. It was time to discuss solutions for mitigating the effects of climate change