The Tara Pacific expedition utilized a new approach and worked on an unprecedented geographical scale to explore the impact of man-made pressure on the Pacific's coral reefs. 36,000 samples were collected during 2,677 dives across the Pacific Ocean. Scientists will continue their research in order to gain a better understanding of coral in its natural environment and see how capable it is of adapting to climate and environmental change.
Norbert Métairie, the mayor of Lorient, Frédérique Vital, the minister for higher education, research and innovation, Antoine Petit, head of CNRS (France's national centre for scientific research), and Thierry Vandevelde, the Veolia Foundation's executive officer, were delighted with this amazing adventure, supported from the outset by the Veolia Foundation.*