Chronicle of the ArcticChristian de Marliave, scientific coordinator of the Tara Arctic expedition and French specialist of the poles, weighs the achievements of the International Polar Year, which ended last month.Two years after the official launching of API 2007-2009, the ICSU (International Council for Science) and the OMM (Organisation Mondiale de Météorologie: World Meteorology
Tara, et la semaine du développement durableDans le cadre de la semaine du développement durable du 1er au 7 avril prochain, le film de 90 minutes « Tara, voyage au cœur de la machine climatique » sera projeté dans plusieurs communes de la région parisienne et à Pontivy en Bretagne. Le film de 52 minutes « Prisonniers volontaires de la banquise » sera projeté à Paris.PONTIVYLe 1er
Earth Hour 2009 : On the 28th of March at 20:30 pm, let us switch off the lights.The WWF has decided to launch an international mobilisation with a high peak on 28 March, 2009 which foresees involving, in more than 1,000 cities, almost one billion persons who will take the symbolic action of switching off their lights for one hour.Take part in this operation by subscribing on www.earthhour.fr Up
“Terre !” 4th edition, on 7, 8 and 9 March 2009 in Lorient, sustainable development and solidarities exhibition Displays, animation of games, workshops, etc., activities for all ages The sustainable development concerns all our daily aspects. The stakes, to be understood by everyone, must be presented in a game-like manner and the “Terre ! 2009” exhibition proves it:
Chronique de l’Arctique Chaque mois, Christian de Marliave, coordinateur scientifique de Tara Arctic et spécialiste français des pôles, prendra la plume sur le site taraexpeditions afin de nous raconter l’actualité de l’Arctique. « Le 13 février 2009, les russes fêtent le 75ème anniversaire du naufrage du Tchéliouskine. On peut s’étonner que le naufrage d’un navire soit
Paris, it will soon be over!Tara will therefore leave Paris after having spent 3 months day by day at the foot of the Grand Palais. We shall not see any longer its two masts rise at the tip of the Invalides just as we shall not visit any longer the exhibition on the dock that will close its doors on Monday, the 1st of February.The first bridge under which Tara shall not cross is the Pont des
Compensation of the Tara Arctic ExpeditionThe compensation programme intervenes after a very deep reflective analysis aiming in reducing to the maximum the energy consumptions during Tara’s expedition in the Arctic. It does not concern, therefore, clearing the expedition of its greenhouse gas emissions but to act on the flow regime part of the emissions connected to certain activities (aerial
Interview. Etienne Bourgois, Tara Expeditions director makes a mid-term assessment of the presence of Tara in Paris and tells us about the future of Tara Expeditions.What is your first assessment of the presence of Tara in Paris?The first thing is that we are extending the presence of Tara by three weeks until first of january.Regarding attendance, that of schoolchildren goes beyond our
TARA EXPEDITIONS, ET AGNES B. PRESENTENT L’EXPOSITION TARA « UN ŒIL SUR LE CLIMAT ARCTIQUE » AU NAUTIC DE PARIS DU 5 AU 14 DECEMBREDe septembre 2006 à janvier 2008, Tara a dérivé en Arctique avec le programme scientifique européen Damocles, au coeur d'une région essentielle au devenir du climat de la terre. Sur la passerelle du Nautic, une exposition retrace en photos et en vidéos les
Sur Vagabond au Spitzberg Hervé Bourmaud, capitaine de Tara pendant toute la dérive arctique, est actuellement sur Vagabond au Spitzberg. Vagabond de 2004 à 2009 est en hivernage dans une baie du Spitzberg, pour le programme scientifique européen Damocles. C’est notamment à bord de Vagabond que le matériel scientifique de Tara avait été testé. Le vent glacial venant de l’est,
Ellie Ga3 chapters from "The Fortune Tellers" projections/photographs8 Novembre-23 Decembre 2008Ellie Ga presents The Fortunetellers (2008) an installation with a series of chapters, connecting contemporary and ancient forms of predicting the future as a metaphor for the past and future of the Arctic landscape. After spending half a year on an expedition boat, frozen into the ice of the North
Discours du capitaine Simon Rigal, à La Promotion "Tara" 2008-2009 de l’Ecole Nationale de la Marine Marchande à Marseille en novembre 2008. « Mes chers Pilots, Vous avez choisi d'embrasser une carrière maritime, dans quelques temps vous allez prendre la mer. Vous aurez bientôt beaucoup de belles histoires à raconter.Le bural a décidé cette année de baptiser cette promotion du nom de
Tara 500 jours de dérive arctiqueLe très bel album de l’expédition sortira le 6 novembre en librairies. Une co-édition Géo Gallimard. LE RESUME En septembre 2006,Tara,la goélette battant pavillon français, se laisse donc emprisonner par la banquise,au nord de la Sibérie. A bord,huit hommes et deux chiens qui embarquent pour un étrange voyage, la traversée de l'Océan glacial
Quand Tiksy retrouve Zagrey… Les routes des deux chiens de l’expédition Tara Arctic avaient été séparées lors de l’arrivée de Tara à Longyearbyen (Spitzberg ) en février dernier. Zagrey, chien polaire par excellence avait alors retrouvé un autre embarquement à bord du voilier polaire Vagabond qui hiverne depuis 4 ans dans la baie d’Ingelfield à l’est de l’archipel du
2008, record year in ArcticFor the second year in a row, the pack ice has undergone a melt never observed since 1979 when the network of satellite observations enabled to measure its expanse for the first time. This minimum was reached on the 5th of September and again on the 8th of September. Since then, the pack ice is slightly increasing thanks to the fall in temperature that is recorded each
27 septembre : départ de l’Armada Bleue Les bateaux ambassadeurs s’unissent pour la sauvegarde des océans Quatre bateaux français, emblèmes de la connaissance et de la protection du milieu marin, navigueront de conserve en rade de Marseille le 27 septembre de 9h à 12h puis se rendront au Congrès Mondial de la Nature à Barcelone (Espagne) pour représenter la France et porter
Tara’s programme in September and OctoberFrom the 1st to the 7th of September, Tara will be in Villefranche-sur mer for technical trials From the 7th to the 9th of September, Tara will be in the Principality of Monaco. The schooner will be on the dock and open to the Monegasques. Guided tours of Tara for the public will take place on: Monday the 8th of September from 2 pm to 6 pm Tuesday the
Tara à l’île d’YeuDu 26 au 28 juillet, la goélette sera à l’île d’Yeu en hommage à son capitaine, Hervé Bourmaud, qui est originaire de l’île vendéenne. Hervé Bourmaud était à bord de Tara durant son expédition arctique. À cette occasion, des visites guidées de la goélette auront lieu les 27 et 28 juillet de 15h à 18h. LES INSCRIPTIONS SE FERONT DEVANT TARA. (Visites
Tara à Camaret sur mer du 18 au 21 juillet Après Brest 2008, Tara se rendra à Camaret sur mer. Etienne Bourgois, directeur de Tara Expéditions souhaitait ainsi rendre hommage à l’ancien port d’attache de la goélette. Une exposition retraçant toute l’expédition Tara Arctic sera visible à l’office de tourisme de Camaret sur mer.De la route vers le Nord, à la prise en glace de
The first tacksWe are once more docked to the pontoon of the Lorient submarine base after a 10 day call at La Rochelle. Invited by the documentary festival, Sunny Side of the Dock and the Charente Maritime Département, we opened Tara to the public. It was a highly rewarding moment. We were able to communicate on the drift on the Arctic Ocean as well as on the first scientific results that
Tara inaugurated an exhibition at the Fram museum in Oslo, 115 years after the Norwegian ship’s departure115 years ago, on the 24th of June 1893, Norwegian Fridjof Nansen and his companions left Oslo onboard the Fram ship, for what the Royal Geography Society of London considered to be then the most dangerous project ever conceived: a drift across the Arctic Ocean. For many people, it was
ITW of Jean-Claude Gascard, Coordinator of the Damocles scientific programmeTara has come home but Damocles, the scientific programme to which she was linked to for two years is continuing. Until 2009, scientists of the 48 laboratories that make up the European consortium will pursue their research across the Arctic.The second wave of scientific results will be made public at the end of 2008.
LES HOMMESAriane Michel 2006 – France1h35 – Video – Col.V.O. EnglishRotterdam International Film Festival 2007 – FIDMarseille 2006 (Grand Prix of the French compétition) Indielisboa 2007 – MoMa, Documentary Fortnight Expanded, 2007The story At the furthermost bounds of a frozen sea, a boat approaches a land. Human silhouettes come out of it, they appear strange. From their immutable
Tara, journey to the heart of the climate machine 24th of May at 9 pm on ARTEA documentary directed by Emmanuel Roblin and Thierry RagobertCo-production: ARTE France, MC4, Tarawaka, Off The Fence, RTBF, Research Directorate General /European Commission (France, 2008, 1h30)The movie Tara, Journey to the heart of the climate machine, made under extreme conditions, tells the daily life of this
From Saturday 10th until the 12th of May 2008 in Saint Malo. For the second year in a row, Tara is participating in the Festival « Etonnants voyageurs » in St Malo. In the context of the day « Adventure in the poles » organised by the publishing house Paulsen and for the opening of the festival, you can discover a preview of the 90 minute documentary directed by Emmanuel Roblin and Thierry
The exhibition « Tara, an eye on the Arctic climate » at the International Festival of Sea photography in Vannes from the 18th of April until the 18th of May 2008.These free exhibitions taking place in the most beautiful historical sites of Vannes will reveal the sea treated by photographers from the entire world. Hundreds of photos offered to the eye of the visitors in the whole city centre.
Education projects for a single purpose: make a commitment for the planetAutour de l’aventure humaine et scientiﬁque de Tara Arctic, des ressources et des démarches pédagogiques ont été mises en place pour sensibiliser les enfants dans leurs classes à la question des changements futurs en Arctique et des modiﬁcations climatiques de notre Terre. In the context of the human and
Tara au festival de la petite enfance à Pau Le 19ème Festival de la Petite Enfance et de la Famille de Pau-Béarn reçoit l’expédition polaire Tara-Arctic à Pau les 9 et 10 avril. Le Festival de la Petite Enfance et de la Famille de Pau Béarn aborde cette année le thème de l’eau. L’Exposition Internationale de Saragosse sur « l’eau et le développement durable » qui se
Press Statement from Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment ProgrammeFirst, I would like to extend my personal greetings and add to the warm welcome that I am sure the Tara crew is receiving in Lorient today.The timing of Tara’s safe return to port is particularly relevant for UNEP.Yesterday, the 10th Special Session of the UNEP
Jean-Claude Gascard: « The Arctic Ocean has entered a period of deep and rapid change21st January 2008, the Tara schooner has just been released from the ice and is heading for Longyearbyen then Lorient after having drifted more than 5 000 km in a little over 500 days across the Arctic Ocean. A first scientific assessment is necessary. Indeed the surprises were astonishing. Not only is this
The expedition in figuresNumber of drift days : 507Position of the putting in ice: 79°53N 143°17 EPosition of the release from the ice: 74°08N 10°04 0Most Northern position reached: 88°32N on 28th of May 2007(160 km from the geographic North Pole)Date of the putting in ice: 3rd of September 2006Date of release from the ice: 21st of January 2008 Number of kilometre covered during the drift :
D - 2 : Minh-Ly PHAM-MINH's testimonyThe pack ice seems far to me. Yet, it has been barely a month since we have left our black and white universe. Since we have arrived, all our senses have been disoriented. Each moment is a new experience. I find once again a world full of colours, with vitamins and full of smells but also very noisy, polluted, with the feeling of being under stress in a race
D-3 : Audun TholfsenHere are some reflections on my way to Lorient.We now are sailing through the North Sea, soon to set our feet on Frenchsoil, which means the end of the expedition. I would have expected somestrong emotions and feelings. But I don’t. Maybe it is because I haven’treally realised that the end is so near. Or it could be that I know,that most of this expedition, I will carry
Ellie Ga's testimonyYesterday we had our lunch on the deck of the boat while two dolphins swam around the boat. The sun is very strong, nearly blinding. When I look at the faces of the team in the sun I find it hard to remember the pack ice and the polar night. It was only a month ago. I am surprised by our ease to forget our life on the pack ice. With the days that are going by, the details of
Samuel's testimonyThe pack ice shattered and we left… For my part, I lived there for nine months. It is a strange feeling to leave a place that no longer exists.I only have a multitude of memories from this camp of nomads. And yet it was only yesterday! Yes but yesterday, it was night, yesterday our garden so vast was small and our family restricted. Presently, we are hurtling down miles toward
Charles Terrin'es testimonyTara is a boat! Indeed, I experienced Tara and her journey across the Arctic Ocean toward the end. Tara was already prisoner of the ice. We spent the summer preparing her, wondering about her stability and capacity to be manoeuvred once she would be released from the pack ice. I did not remain for the last winter and when the boat arrived in Longyearbyen in the
Hervé Le Goff’s testimonyAn imaginary interview on the quay upon arrival(Journalist) – So tell me, what are your first impressions after your return from the « White Hell »?(Taranaut) – Well, nice tide! Good catches, no damage and return to land at 1200 revolution per minute on both engines, with proper sails to support our speed because they insisted for us to arrive at that date in
Grant RedversAs the end of the expedition approaches a million thoughts run through my mind. Life before the drift seems just a distant memory. I am excited about returning to the world but slightly apprehensive about what it will hold. For me this project has been all consuming for the better part of two years, two years rich in adventures and emotions too numerous to capture in one paragraph. I
Vincent Hilaire’s testimonyEnd of an exceptional adventureQue dire à dix jours de l’arrivée à Lorient ? D’essentiel ? Que j’ai vraiment la certitude d’avoir vécu une aventure exceptionnelle. Que la découverte de la banquise, de sa poésie, de sa force est et sera toujours pour moi un formidable moment de ma vie. Moment dont je rêvais depuis longtemps et qui s’est concrétisé.
Marion Lauter’s testimonyA dream has vanishedI have a funny feeling now. A dream has vanished in some way. We have left a country that we will never see again. The boat was caught in the ice, drifted and was released… Some of us experienced it for 16 months, others for 4 months, and for myself I spent nine months on the pack ice, a magical place where we contributed at our level to the
Tara will back in Lorient on the 23rd of February After 507 days of expedition across the Arctic Ice Ocean, the Tara polar schooner will accomplish her great return to Lorient on Saturday the 23rd of February. All the men and women who participated in this unprecedented scientific adventure will be onboard Tara with Etienne Bourgois, the expedition director. The general public is invited
ITW Etienne Bourgois et Jean-Claude Gascard The director of Tara Expéditions and the coordinator of the European scientific programme Damocles have found Tara once again yesterday in Longyearbyen.ITW Etienne Bourgois How did you experience your reunion with Tara yesterday ?I felt a very strong emotion when I saw Tara all lit up, pierce the night with the full crew and the two dogs standing on
Tara is released from the iceTara released herself from the pack ice by 74°08°North, 10°04 West on the 21st of January 2008, 16 months after she was caught in the ice on the 3rd of September 2006.After more than 500 days spent on the pack ice, Tara has become once again a sailboat. The schooner and her crew will take three days to reach Longyearbyen in the Spitsbergen next Thursday for a
500th DAY OF DRIFT- ITW HERVE BOURMAUDWhat is the characteristic smell of Tara Arctic?We live in a odorless world, because of the negative temperatures but we carry many smells with us! One of the first smells that startles visitors embarking onboard is that of kerosene. Stocked in the drums that are stowed on the deck, this gasoline is also used to make the central heating work. The smell of the
ITW Ellie Ga, artist onboard TaraDo you keep abreast of foreign news?This is not possible because we do not have access to the web. We do have a satellite phone, however, so it is possible to send and receive emails. Sometimes, some people send us international news by mail, but the better part of our knowledge on what is going on in the world concerns the weather reports and the satellite
ITW Etienne BourgoisAt the outset of 2008, it is not yet time for Etienne Bourgois to assess the expedition. Indeed, the Tara drift continues and nobody can anticipate when the boat will exit the ice. Interview of the Tara Arctic director.The question that is raised again and again is when will Tara exit the ice ?Nobody knows. It can still last for days or weeks. The remains of the ship “La
The work of Ellie Ga onboardI showed up at Tara as a late-comer. Of the 10 current crew members, 6 had been here for some time. The place and the people had changed over time. At the dinner table everyone seemed to have a common language to describe this world : names like « Helsinki », « Tartu », « Copenhagen », « Charles de Gaulle airport », « The Swamp », « The Validation Line
Soon, return at sea ?Tara and her crew will experience a crucial moment by drifting in the Fram strait to exit the Arctic Ocean. Nansen’s Fram has already lived through it, more than 115 years ago and in fact gave its name to the Strait. The tales of the Fram Strait descent are very rare, nearly non existent, so we are in the phase of the drift the least well known. Three phenomenons might make
Tara au Salon Nautique de ParisPour la troisième année consécutive, Tara sera présent au Salon Nautique de Paris du 1er au 9 décembre 2007 (Hall 1, stand : J109).Sur le stand :Vous pourrez découvrir en exclusivité, les dernières vidéos et photographies en provenance de la banquise ainsi que le Journal Tara N°3 qui dresse le bilan scientifique de la mission Tara Damocles au 30
Journey at the heart of the climate machineSeptember 2006. The Tara polar schooner starts on an extraordinary journey across the Arctic Ocean. On her board, international scientists aim to understand the reasons for the deep changes that are disrupting our planet climate’s machine. Cut off from the world, carried away by the pack ice drift in the polar night, they are going to experience a
Lorient, home port of TaraOn Saturday, in the presence of Etienne Bourgois, director of Tara Expéditions and Norbert Métairie, President of the Lorient Urban Community and mayor of Lorient :Tara Expéditions has chosen the Lorient port to welcome the Tara schooner upon its return to France at the beginning of 2008. Tara will call at Spitzberg before accosting Lorient, at the end of her one year
ITW Etienne BourgoisAfter more than 400 days of drift, the Tara Arctic expedition director assesses the situation and goes back over the main messages of the Tara Expéditions project.How did the crew experience the 400 days of drift?Time flew. The other day, Grant Redvers, the chief of expedition onboard Tara, told me that he had not even had time to browse through the books that he had brought
ELLIE GA’s PROJECT ON TARA: THE CATALOGUE OF THE LOSTBy Ellie GaOnboard the Tara, my project will be to see how I can measure the poetics of everyday life--to document and archive the small gestures and routines that not only make an expedition possible but also become the fabric/structure/tempo (?) of time passing, of life being lived. Of particular interest to me is how one communicates
Rotations assesmentThe four round-trip rotations between Tara and Spitzberg took place as planned over the past twelve days. The weather was quite mild as it only prevented the little Twin Otter planes from flying for two days.The Tara crew is now complete. Six summer crew members have remained on board and four have been replaced. The 10 member crew will remain on board until the boat exits from
The summer pack ice might have disappeared by 2020By Jean Claude Gascard, CNRS Research Director.Coordinator of the European project Damocles at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.Regarding minimal extension of pack ice at the end of summer, it seems likely that we shall beat a new record this year but this has nearly become a habit.Each year, a record is established compared the
Profile of Timo PaloHe is in charge of the weather mast and tethered balloon to sound the atmosphere. He represents the DAMOCLES programme on board.When did you arrive on Tara? What is you role aboard? When will you be leaving?I arrived on Tara in April 2007 to represent one of the two Damocles scientists on board for the summer season. I am a meteorologist who studies main climate
One year in the iceToday, 3rd of September, Tara celebrates her one year drift across the Arctic SeaTara has covered 3 400 kms at the average speed of 9,3 km/day. The distance in a straight line is of 1 400 kms. On the basis of this average, Tara could exit from the ice in February at 80°N. As the current should normally accelerate when approaching the Fram Strait, we believe that Tara could
Marion LautersI was very lucky to participate in Clipperton expedition as an eco volunteer in 2005. During this expedition, I heard about JL Etienne former boat, Antarctica, renamed Tara by Etienne Bourgois, of her expeditions and future projects. Fascinated by the sea and travelling, I followed closely Tara’s adventures until the summer of 2006 when I offered my services to be the cook during
Portrait Guillaume Boehler, chief mechanic onboard TaraSeven years ago, I spent a year in Kerguelen as a volunteer technical assistant on the Curieuse. Since, then I wanted to see pack ice. An opportunity arose at the beginning of March. I thus applied for some time off from my job to partake in this expedition.I arrived at Tara on the 9th of April aboard a DC3 after a gentle landing and am
Etienne Bourgois interviewThe expedition chief talks about the next stages of the Tara Arctic expedition.Where is Tara ?Tara has apparently reached her most Northern position (88°32) on the 28th of May. As Grant, chief of base on Tara says, “Etienne, your boat has started her return journey”.What are the summer conditions on the Tara base ?It rains regularly, the temperature is often above
Profile Minh-Ly PHAM-MINHNine…that’s my lucky number since November 2005! Does being with only nine other people bother you? Well, for me it has been the number of people I have spent nine months in an extreme and confined environment, called Antarctica. I was the expedition leader and doctor of the second winter-over at Concordia station, a French-Italian inland station. The most striking
A great example of International Polar Year synergiesIn the coming weeks, we will try out to settle to successive encounters in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.Two icebreakers and Tara are currently within 400 kms from each other with planned crossing route for the weeks to come. Oden has left Longyearbyen, Svalbard end of June for a scientific expedition in Arctic. We gave them some important
The coming monthsRomain Troublé, the logistics director of the expedition presents us with the rotations and re-supplying programme to take place in the coming months.On the 30th of April, we left Tara and her crew of ten persons with the last DC3-T flight after seven round trips between Svalbard and Tara accomplished in ten days.Since then, the team has been working hard on the Tara base to
A filmed journey into the heart of the climate machineThe movie production company MC4 and Tara Expéditions are co-producing a 90 minute movie on the TARA DAMOCLES expedition. This feature length documentary aims to lead the audience through a scientific odyssey in order to discover “the climate machine”. The first broadcast is planned in prime time on Arte in 2008.Shot in high definition,
To meet Tara with a ice-breakerIn September 2007, at the very beginning of the polar night, the time will come to replace Tara's crew, to gather the automatic beacons, to re-supply the Tara base for the coming five months of polar night and to prepare for the possible exit of the boat from the ice in the night.We are in the midst of organising an 11 day cruise on an icebreaker fromLongyearbyen
Scientific monitoring and activities of the Damocles Programme onboard Tara during the second half of the drift (from April until September 2007)Ocean monitoring programmeThe CTD programme will consist mainly in doing profiles from the surface to the bottom of the ocean. The POPS that are set up near Tara will accomplish daily profiles between 10 to 1000 meters deep.To complete the CTD measures,
Words of the first crew“ This seven month drift onboard Tara makes me think that although we believe we have now discovered and master everything, it is still possible to experience a true adventure with human, geography and scientific dimensions.This expedition reflects my taste for two contradictory things: the simple contact with the wild beauty of these places, and the immensity of the ice
The University Pierre et Marie Curie will be organising a series of conferences on Research and ClimateThe International Polar Year at the Pierre and Marie University (UPMC). In 2007 and 2008, the UPMC is joining forces to share with as many people as possible the hopes and results of the research led by its scientists.Why is it important to go to the poles to study the planet’s climate? How is
The scientists in aprilEero Rinne works at the Marine Research Institute in Helsinki, Finland. He specializes in the pack ice (Ice Sea). He analyzes their physical properties to understand how the ice and the ocean interact one with each other.Erko Jakobson of the University of Tartu in Estonia is a meteorologist. He studies the lower layers of the atmosphere with the help of ten meter mast set
Most northern institution of higher learning on the globeFounded in 1993, the University Centre of Svalbard located in Longyearbyen (78°13’N) is the most northern institution of higher learning on the globe. Under the supervision of the Norwegian Ministry of Education, it welcomes each year 350 students of which half are Norwegian, the other half coming from the rest of the
Return to civilisationOn the 9th of April, we left the pack ice, Hervé, Bruno and I, on board a DC3 and from a runway that we had built ourselves. It was a soft transition, a first call at Longyearbyen where our friends from “Earth” had the tact, despite the longing to know everything shining in their eyes, to ask very few questions, then another call of one night in the peaceful Norwegian
First flight rotation to TaraMonday9th of April, the first flight rotation was able to take place between Longyearbyen (Spitzberg) and the Tara polar base (87°North, 124°East).This first flight rotation aims to relieve part of the crew and to allow for the logistics that will enable to implement the scientific programme planned for April. The programme is however partially suspended to the good
The scientific programme threatened on TaraThe Franco-Russian expedition of the polar schooner Tara, acting as logistic support to the scientific mission DAMOCLES, is threatened by the Russian bureaucracy that has still not given its authorization over the past eight days to perform the parachuting of 30 tons of equipment required for the programmes’ implementation.If it is dropped, this
Landing field preparationFriday 30th of March, the cargo plane chartered by Tara Expéditions from the Moscow based company ATS has been detained in Murmansk by the authorities. The plane was supposed to parachute over Tara the fresh food supplies for the second wintering, wood, tents, a tractor and some kerosene as well as the required logistics means for the April campaign of the European
Collaboration between the Yacht Club de Monaco and the expedition Tara Arctic“At the beginning of this 4th International Polar Year, I would like to underline the involvement of the Principality which, in a partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco, is associated with the Tara initiative and the Damocles European scientific programme. The goal of this partnership is to make the population of
Tara: parachuting postponed sine dieFriday, the 30th of March, the Russian cargo plane chartered by Tara Expéditions from the Moscow company ATS was detained in Murmansk by the Russian authorities. The plane was supposed to parachute on Tara the fresh food supplies for the second wintering, wood, tents, a tractor and kerosene as well as the logistic means necessary to the April campaign of the
ITW Etienne Bourgois Etienne Bourgois, Tara Arctic’s expedition director reveals next month’s programme on Tara and assesses the first stage of the expedition. The second stage of the Tara is about to begin... Yes after the first stage which included Tara’s being put into the ice and Tara’s wintering that consisted in collecting the first scientific data, we are going to create a
Sciences in aprilThe scientists of DAMOCLES are working hard to be ready in a month to join Tara with a lot of equipment.A) Two teams from France will join TaraThe University of Savoie as a pool with the LGGE of Grenoble will install the 6 sisometers and 6 GPS. These will be arranged within a radius of 1 km (Tara being in the centre) and equidistant one from each other by around 1 km. University
At the Palais de la découverte, follow Tara’s expedition Thanks to a stand entirely devoted to the Tara expedition, visitors at the Palais de la découverte will be able to follow closely these extreme scientists with: - On the floor itself: a gigantic satellite map of the North Pole, - In panorama: photos and videos of exceptional colour and intensity depicting this boat
By JC Gascard(coordinator of DAMOCLES). We are also following very attentively the drift of Tara. It is amazing to compare it with past famous transpolar drifts (Fram, Sedov, NP10 and Arlis). From the very beginning, Tara is zigzagging between the Sedov and NP10 tracks but at a much higher speed (twice as fast). Also an interesting result is that all the sea ice formed south of Tara is mostly
Depth of the Arctic OceanSince she has been embedded in the pack ice on the 4th of September 2006, Tara has been drifting along the chain (or ridge) of Lomonossov. This major under-water ridge, discovered in the middle of the past century separates the Canadian basin from the Eurasian basin. Tara was put in the ice east of the ridge in the Makarov basin. On the 17th and 18th of October, Tara
The speech of E.Bourgois at the ministerial forum on the environment."As a business man, I spent 25 years travelling around the world to develop my company, I have 6 children and I realise 4 years ago that it was time to think about future. While I am speaking to you… 8 men… of French… Russian and New Zealand nationalities… are voluntarily drifting across the
At the dawn of 2007, the Tara Arctic expedition director talks about the past year and about the future What is your evaluation of the year 2006? I fulfilled a dream. I took over this boat to accomplish this drift and it has begun. I am proud to offer to scientists this platform at the heart of the Arctic while ensuring a safety level rarely achieved. I am also proud to see that
The doctor I accepted straight away when I was offered a place on board for the driftDenis, what was your motivation for departing on this expedition?I accepted straight away when I was offered a place on board for the drift, although I prefer warmer climes and an expedition to a tropical lagoon in the Pacific would be more to my liking. Have you already participated in similar adventures?
On the 22nd of December, the expedition manager, Etienne Bourgois, will be in Marseilles to inaugurate this exhibition which contains a dozen spectacular large print photographs, three videos shown on screen that will enable one to understand the mission and its objectives. These videos are followed by a slide show that explains global warming.A cartoon developed with Google Earth software
Tara and her crew who are relatively near the pole (840 km) saw the sun appear over the horizon for the last time on October 17th.If one evaluates that by spring, the drift will have carried them toward the 84° Northern latitude, they should see the sun reappear on the 4th of March and it should be continuously above the horizon as of the 3rd of April. Therefore, the sun will have disappeared
If there is one thing that we can be sure about during this expedition, it is that we can never really relax as we drift across an ocean of ice. Sunday night at 3am the sea ice came alive. Beginning with an innocuous grinding and tapping on the hull, the pressure and sound rapidly increased to a deafening noise inside the boat. At times a constant tapping as the ice squeezed and the pressure
With the coming polar night we have witnessed our first Aurora Borealis, or northern lights. Although this magnificent polar phenomena has a logical scientific explanation, to see the dancing cascades of light conjures up thoughts of mysterious celestial forces at work, a portal to another dimension or a scene from a fairytale adventure.Aurora can only be seen at night and are observed in both
As Tara’s captain, how did you experience the boat’s preparation for the Arctic drift in Lorient? I joined the shipyard team in Lorient on June 20th after a few weeks of rest. We had begun listing the necessary works to be done for this great drift during last year’s expeditions in the Southern hemisphere. Twenty days before the departure date, it was difficult to believe that we would
2005 was the year when ice concentration over the Arctic sea reached its lowest level ever since satellites have allowed us to measure its expanse. This year, the sea was ice free up until 82°30’N (830 km away from the North Pole) on the meridian located off the coast of the New Siberia Archipelago. Upon her deployment on the 3rd of September 2006, on this same meridian, Tara hit the pack ice
After 48 hours of work, the main scientific instruments deployed by Damocles, the bulldozer and part of the fuel to be used for the helicopters were finally stocked in the boat before they can be redeployed on the ice floe. The remaining fuel, secured in waterproof pockets, was put together on an ice floe equipped with an Argos beacon in case Tara was separated from it once again. Zagrey, the
3th of September 2006 78°20 North: awoken by the first crunching of the ice on Tara’s hull, the technical team of the expedition realizes that its worries with the Russian bureaucracy is well behind and that it is heading towards the North. The temperatures have yet declined during the short night and the lights have completely changed since the departure from Tiksi. The ice sheets still
On Thursday 31st of August 2006, On Thursday, Tara left Tiksi to head North so as to position herself for her great polar drift.Passing west of the New Siberia Archipelago, she is heading towards the 79°N-145°E area that she should reach after three days of navigation, the way being completely ice-free at this present moment.This year, the initial point planned for Tara to be caught in the ice
Portrait d’agnès b sur France 5 vendredi soir
Découvrez le portrait de la créatrice, partenaire majeur de Tara Expéditions.
Convaincue que les initiatives privées doivent se multiplier pour faire avancer les choses, agnès b. apporte son soutien à de nombreuses associations et organisations à but social, environnemental ou humanitaire. agnès b. est le partenaire majeur de Tara Expéditions. Très sensible au destin de la planète, elle soutient les projets du bateau et ses expéditions depuis ses débuts.
Résumé du documentaire
Un « a » pour un parti pris minimaliste, et un « b », pour l’initiale du père de ses deux garçons. Agnès b, ou celle qui a dédramatisé la mode, inventé la « no mode », des vêtements génériques nés de la sophistication de la simplicité. Serge July a suivi Agnès dans sa « factory » de la rue Dieu à Paris, où elle conçoit et centralise toutes ses activités, dans ses voyages, dans la fabrication de ses collections et dans quelques-unes de ses passions. Il en a fait « Agnès de A à B », un documentaire pour la collection « Empreintes » de France 5, qui sera diffusé le vendredi 17 avril à 20h35, puis le dimanche 19 avril à 08h55.
Projection de Prisonniers volontaires de la banquise dans le 12ème à Paris
La diffusion aura lieu le vendredi 03 avril à 20h au centre d’animation Montgallet. La projection sera suivie d’un débat avec Bruno Vienne, réalisateur à bord de Tara lors de sa dérive arctique.
L’entrée est gratuite mais il est conseillé de réserver:
4 passage Stinville, Paris 12 – M° Montgallet (ligne 8)
Tara, and the sustainable development week
Tara, and the sustainable development week
Within the framework of the sustainable development week, to be held from 1st to 7th of April next, the 90-minute film « Tara, a trip to the heart of the climatic machine » shall be shown in several boroughs of the Parisian area and at Pontivy in Bretagne.
On 1st of April, at 20:30 pm.
At the Rex cinema, within the framework of the documentaries and full length films on the sustainable development film festival.
NEUILLY SUR SEINE
On Friday, 3rd of April at
After the film, a debate shall take place in the presence of Denys Bourget, Tara’s onboard doctor during her drift in the Arctic.
Within the framework of the 2 Meetings at Sèvres, placed under the sign of the «sustainable development», the film shall be shown on Saturday, 4th of April at 16:00 pm. After the film, a debate shall take place in the presence of Christian de Marliave, scientific coordinator of the Tara Arctic expedition.
Another projection of the film is foreseen for Sunday, 5th of April at 10:30 am.
Nautical Park of île de Monsieur
4, Avenue de Saint Cloud
The organisation of the sustainable development Week is guided by the Ministry of sustainable Development.
Tara aux escales polaires à Mâcon
Les 27, 28 et 29 mars 2009 se tiendra à Mâcon le salon national de la philatélie placé sous le signe des pôles.
Dans ce cadre plusieurs évènements sont organisés :
Vendredi 15 h : Les recherches réalisées en Antarctique sur le climat et l’environnement de la planète par Claude Lorius de l’Académie des sciences
Samedi 15 h : Expédition Tara Arctic 2006-2008 par un membre de l’expédition TARA
Samedi 16 h 30 : La présence française en Arctique des origines à 1968 par Serge Kahn de l’Académie européenne de philatélie
Dimanche 15 h : Histoire des TAAF des origines à 1956 par Pierre Couesnon de l’Académie européenne de philatélie
Et six expositions dont une sur la philatélie polaire
De 10h à 18h au Parc des expositions
Avenue Pierre Bérégovoy - 71000 Mâcon
Exposition Tara à Helsinki
Exposition Tara à Helsinki
L’exposition présente la vie sur le navire « Tara » lors de son voyage arctique consacré à la recherche dans le milieu polaire. Les 35 photos de Françis Latreille, photographe français, décrivent l’océan glacial Arctique, l’une des régions les plus fragiles et isolées du monde. Elle sont exposées à l’Institut finlandais de météorologie.
Le voyage arctique de « Tara » s’est inscrit dans le projet scientifique européen DAMOCLES, prenant place dans l’Année Polaire Internationale (API) mars 2007-mars 2009. Ilmatieteen laitos, l’Institut finlandais de météorologie, participe au projet DAMOCLES dont l’objectif est d’étudier et comprendre le changement climatique. Réalisée à l’initiative de l’ambassade de France en Suède, et en collaboration entre les ambassades de France, l’exposition a vocation à être présentée dans les pays nordiques.
Exposition ouverte au public du 25/03 au 24/04/2009. Entrée gratuite.
Lundi, mardi, jeudi, vendredi de 8h à 16h30. Mercredi de 8h à 18h.
Ilmatieteen laitos, Dynamicum, Erik Palmènin aukio 1, Helsinki.
Tara in Biarritz
Du 1er avril au 31 décembre, l'exposition "Tara un oeil sur le climat arctique" sera visible au Musée de la mer à Biarritz.
Cette exposition est le Journal de bord de l'expédition de Tara en Arctique. Elle est constituée de photographies de Francis Latreille et d'explication sur les résultats scientifiques obtenus et sur l'Océan Arctique
Plateau de l Atalaye
Entrée face au Rocher de la Vierge, 64200 Biarritz
“Terre !” , on 7, 8 and 9 March 2009 in Lorient, sustainable development and solidarities exhibition
The sustainable development concerns all our daily aspects. The stakes, to be understood by everyone, must be presented in a game-like manner and the “Terre ! 2009” exhibition proves it: Films, cartoons, graphic novels, musical tales for children, wandering imagination, exhibition photos, schoolchildren’s day and so on, shall mark this 4th edition. Without forgetting the 15 workshop-debates destined both for the general public and the professionals, the free projection of the Arctic Tara expedition film and the inauguration conference given by Susan George on the current crisis.
Création du Club Tara Junior !
Depuis quelques jours vous avez pu remarquer un nouvel onglet sur le
site : le Club Tara Junior.
Ce nouveau Club s'adressant aux jeunes de 6 à 18 ans des avantages aux adhérents passionnés par les
aventures de Tara et des Taranautes. Rejoignez nous !
Inside Tara as you could be !
Here is a panoramic shot of the photographer Erwan Barbey-Chariou of the agency 360ouest of Tara’s interior in Lorient on the 3rd of March.
Scientific balance sheet
The New York artist, Ellie Ga, who is onboard Tara since last September has her blog on the New York Alliance Française website.
She studied at the Alliance Française before she left for the Arctic.
Link to Ellie Ga’s blog