Tara Oceans was born in 2008 with an ambitious dream : to quantify and model the evolution and ecology of the largest complex ecosystem in the world: ocean plankton.
We are getting there, having already generated:
The consortium has already made major discoveries, resulting in 120 publications to date, including 9 in Nature and Science. Furthermore, several publications from the international community based on Tara Oceans data are emerging in high-level journals (including Science, Nature Microbiology, Current Biology etc.), and major projects (eg, Malaspina, PPas Abyss, Monaco Expeditions, GeoTraces, GOOS Global Ocean Observing System, ...) are keen to integrate our tools and concepts. There is an increasing awareness of the relevance of high-throughput biological data (omics and imaging) for the global modeling of the ocean and the Earth system.