TARA OCEANS

© Sibylle d'Orgeval / Tara Expeditions

2009-2013

ONBOARD SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT DURING TARA OCEANS EXPEDITION

– Plankton nets
– Special net for collecting surface plastic
– CTD rosette (pressure, temperature, conductivity, nitrogen, oxygen, fluorescence, optical properties of water)
– FlowCAM to count and characterize plankton
– Flow Cytobot (underwater) to count and characterize plankton
– UVP (Underwater Video Profiler) to characterize zooplankton, large particles and their vertical distribution
– AC-s spectrophotometer for continuous pigment and particle distribution measurement at the ocean’s surface (coordinated with satellite ocean color imaging)
– Retrodiffusion device to characterize surface material (linked with ocean color satellite)
– Cytofluorimeter able to determine small groups of organisms by size and fluorescence
– Spectrofluorimeter ALFA capable of continuous measurement of fluorescent organisms at the ocean’s surface
– UltraPath spectrophotometer able to characterize optical properties of dissolved material
– PAR radiometer, measuring the luminescence of photosynthesis