A very warm welcome for the TARA Ocean expedition in San Diego [fr]
The sailing vessel, “Tara”, stopped over in San Diego October 26th, where it stayed for three weeks to undergo heavy maintenance and repairs. This marine expedition left Lorient, France in September 2009 for a two and a half-year voyage around the world. The boat has on board as passengers, scientific teams leading oceanographic studies regarding plankton, and global warming―and its consequences on marine biology.
The mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, and the director of the port, Scott Peters, expressed their support for the project during a press conference. Eric Karsenti of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, and the scientific director of “Tara Oceans”, noted the international dimension of the project, which brings together hundreds of researchers from 22 countries (the majority however, being French and American).
The layover of TARA in Southern California is a chance for scientists of the expedition to present their work and exchange with other local scientists.
To see the press conference of TARA Oceans in San Diego, click here