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From December 12, 2020, five years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the schooner Tara will set sail from Lorient, her home port, to embark on a new major scientific expedition. Over nearly two years, the sailing laboratory will travel 70,000 kilometers in the South Atlantic, along the South American and African coasts and as far as Antarctica. Conceived by the Tara Ocean Foundation and its scientific partners including the CNRS, CEA, SZN and EMBL, this mission involves 42 research institutions from around the world.

We will study the ocean’s most fundamental fabric — the microbiome — to understand the functioning of this ecosystem in a context of ongoing global change.

Aboard Tara, scientists will collect the marine microbiome for a major DNA sequencing and imaging effort, while measuring a large number of environmental parameters, including temperature, oxygen level, presence of nutrients, and plastic pollution. 

During some of the 23 planned stopovers, the scientific teams will share knowledge with local researchers on know-how, best practices and techniques needed to study the ocean, from collection of samples, management and analysis of data, to the use of results in practice.

Moreover, together with AtlantECO’s partners, educational, ocean literacy, capacity building and events with decision makers and end-users will be organized at stopovers on the three continents visited (Europe, South America and Africa) to foster an engagement with and from everyone involved in the preservation of ocean resources, from citizens, scientists, to service providers and policy makers.

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You can find more about the mission and linked activities on FTO's website.

 

Port calls

Date

Place

Flagship

July 2021

Carenantilles, Martinique, France

Tara

August 2021

Cayenne, French Guiana

Tara

September 2021

Macapá, Brazil

Tara

September 2021

Tara

October 2021

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Tara

November 2021

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Veleiro Eco & Tara

November 2021

Florianopolis, Brazil

Veleiro ECO & Tara

December 2021

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tara

December 2021

Ushuaia, Argentina

Tara

January 2022

King George Island

Tara

February 2022

Punta Arenas, Costa Rica

Tara

March 2022

Itajai, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

March 2022

Paranagua, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

April 2022

Vitòria, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

April 2022

Cape Town, South Africa

Tara

April 2022

Porto Seguro, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

April 2022

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

April 2022

Aracaju, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

May 2022

Walvis Bay, Namibia

Tara

May 2022

Maceio, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

May 2022

Recife, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

April 2022

Natal, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

June 2022

Boma, Democratic republic of the Congo

Tara

June 2022

Libreville, Gabon

Tara

July 2022

São Tomé, São Tomé and Prìncipe

Tara

August 2022

Dakar, Senegal

Tara

September 2022

Rabat, Morocco

Tara

September 2022

Lisboa, Portugal

Tara

September 2022

Montevideo, Brazil

Veleiro ECO

October 2022

Santander, Spain

Tara

October 2022

Lorient, France

Tara