The Mission Ocean Microbiomes is a five-year research and outreach initiative led by the Tara Ocean Foundation (FTO) on the microbiome, its services, and the impacts of climate change and the plastisphere based on the legacy of the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013).

It will be carried out through: The Mission Microbiomes expedition (2020-2022) in the South Atlantic with the H2020 European project AtlantECO and its 35 scientific partners, and in Chili, with the Mission CO2 Chile project co-led by the FTO and the Chilean government. (Stage 1) The scientific research conducted after the Mission (2022-2025) with the partner laboratories (Stage 2) Transversal advocacy and capacity building activities

Start Date: 12/12/2020

End Date: 12/12/2025

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade programme Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)


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  • Expanding "Tara" Oceans Protocols for Underway, Ecosystemic Sampling of the Ocean-Atmosphere Interface During Tara Pacific Expedition (2016–2018). 

    Gorsky, Gabriel; Bourdin, Guillaume; Lombard, Fabien; Pedrotti, Maria Luiza; Audrain, Samuel; Bin, Nicolas; Boss, Emmanuel; Bowler, Chris; Cassar, Nicolas; Caudan, Loic; Chabot, Genevieve; Cohen, Natalie R.; Cron, Daniel; De Vargas, Colomban; Dolan, John R.; Douville, Eric; Elineau, Amanda; Flores, J. Michel; Ghiglione, Jean Francois; Haëntjens, Nils; Hertau, Martin; John, Seth G.; Kelly, Rachel L.; Koren, Ilan; Lin, Yajuan; Marie, Dominique; Moulin, Clémentine; Moucherie, Yohann; Pesant, Stéphane; Picheral, Marc; Poulain, Julie; Pujo-Pay, Mireille; Reverdin, Gilles; Romac, Sarah; Sullivan, Mathew B.; Trainic, Miri; Tressol, Marc; Troublé, Romain; Vardi, Assaf; Voolstra, Christian R.; Wincker, Patrick; Agostini, Sylvain; Banaigs, Bernard; Boissin, Emilie; Forcioli, Didier; Furla, Paola; Galand, Pierre E.; Gilson, Eric; Reynaud, Stéphanie; Sunagawa, Shinichi; Thomas, Olivier P.; Thurber, Rebecca Lisette Vega; Zoccola, Didier; Planes, Serge; Allemand, Denis; Karsenti, Eric (2019)
    Interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere occur at the air-sea interface through the transfer of momentum, heat, gases and particulate matter, and through the impact of the upper-ocean biology on the composition ...