Sails, Science and the Sea: Around the World with the Tara Oceans Expedition


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October 11, 2010: We make contact with the sailing vessel Tara, somewhere off the coast of Africa and learn about Tara Oceans, a project of Tara Expeditions a French nonprofit program. During its last expedition, Tara Arctic, the ship experienced a 507-day drift, deliberately frozen into the ice pack of the Arctic Ocean. We chat with Romain Troublé, Secretary General of Tara Expeditions and Sy Rotter, Executive Director, TARA Foundation for Marine Research and learn about Tara Oceans, the organization’s latest project, a 3-year expedition around the world to study previously unknown and crucial marine ecosystems. Also, we”go deep” to understand the latest from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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This Week’s Guests: Romain Troublé & Cy Rotter, Tara Oceans Expedition

This Week's Guests: Romaine Troubl?, Secretary General of Tara Expeditions and Sy Rotter, Executive Director, Tara Foundation for Marine Research

“From the remotest nebulae and from the revolving double stars, we have descended to the minutest organisms of animal creation, whether manifested in the depths of ocean or on the surface of our globe, and to the delicate vegetable germs which clothe the naked declivity of the ice-crowned mountain summit” — Alexander Von Humboldt (1769-1859)

The writings of Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer who explored extensively in Latin America, are as poetic as they are scientific.

I recently learned about a unique global expedition aboard a sailing schooner that evoked thoughts of Humboldt and explorers of his day: It’s Tara Oceans, a project of Tara Expeditions, a French nonprofit program that began with the acquisition of a unique expedition sailing schooner, the Tara, previously owned by Dr Jean-Louis Etienne and the late Sir Peter Blake. Tara’s voyages are dedicated to scientific research on the impact of global warming on the oceans, with two basic objectives:

  • to serve as a platform for scientific research by exploring previously unreachable ocean locations, and
  • to raise public awareness of scientific & environmental ocean characteristics, through ongoing reports on its adventurous voyages.
The unique research schooner, "Tara," on its 3-year global expedition of Tara Oceans

The unique research schooner, “Tara,” on its 3-year global expedition of Tara Oceans

Tara has carried out 7 expeditions in the Arctic, and Antarctic, as well as in the seas around Patagonia, Greenland and South Georgia. During its last expedition, Tara Arctic, the ship experienced a 507-day drift, deliberately frozen into the ice pack of the Arctic Ocean.

Tara Oceans is the organization’s latest project, an exceptional 3-year marine expedition to allow researchers to study previously unknown and crucial marine ecosystems.

This week we speak with Romain Troublé, Secretary General of Tara Expeditions and Sy Rotter, Executive Director, TARA Foundation for Marine Research.

Links

For more information about the Tara Oceans project visit: TaraExpeditions.org

The latest information and publications from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling: oilspillcommission.gov

Music from Gale Mead, including BP Did a Bad Bad Thing: GaleMead.com

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