Tara expedition

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The schooner TARA (Port Lay, Île de Groix, 2009).jpg
Schooner Tara.
French Ensign
  • Antarctica
  • then Seamaster
  • currently Tara
Builder: SFCN Villeneuve-la-Garenne
In service: 1989
Homeport: Lorient, France
General characteristics
Type: Ketch
Displacement: 130 t (128 long tons)
Length: 36 m (118 ft)

The Tara expedition is a research expedition through the ice of the Arctic. The polar schooner Tara was to drift in the ice for approximately two years from its departure, late in August 2006. In the community of oceanography it is met with great interest especially in the context of the International Polar Year (2007–2008). This expedition, dubbed Tara Arctic, ended on February 23, 2008. It was part of the international DAMOCLES (Developing Arctic Modelling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies) program.

Schooner Tara in Brest Harbour.

In 2009, Tara started on a new expedition, dubbed Tara Oceans.[1] It travelled around the world until 2013 to study CO2 captured by marine microorganisms such as plankton. The costs for the expedition are 3 million euros per year, all from private funds. The expedition was primarily funded by the French fashion designer agnès b..[2] The expedition was able to collect more than 35,000 planktonic samples from 210 stations in every major oceanic region, which through analyses revealed more than 40 million genes, most of which are new to science.[1][3]

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