In the framework of “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week”, Institut français is proud to present “Tara Oceans”, two photographic exhibitions by Tara Expéditions and University College Dublin – UCD. “A journey into the coral reef” exhibition will be held at Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat from January 15 to February 5, 2014.


Tara Expeditions is a French non-profit organization active since 2003 in favor of the environment. A legendary boat built for extreme conditions, Tara is the platform for high-level scientific research missions. Initiated by agnes b and Etienne Bourgois, Tara Expeditions developed from their passion for the sea, and their humanistic, engaged vision.

Tara’s expeditions study two major scientific themes: the world’s oceans and climate change. In collaboration with scientific institutes, the expeditions contribute concrete results on these topics.


® F. Latreille – Tara Expeditions

2009/2012: Tara Oceans, a global view

From September 2009 to March 2012, Tara Oceans was the very first attempt to do a global study of marine plankton – the planet’s ecosystem, composed of tiny organisms such as viruses, bacteria and algae.

At the end of Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2012), the TAOMI imaging platform has taken several thousands of images. Two photo exhibitions featuring part of the photographs taken during the expedition have been organized. The first presented at Saadiyat Public beach is a presentation of 50 planktonic species taken by 25 optical engineers. The other exhibition currently held at Monte-Carlo Beach Club is about the inhabitants of coral reefs and features photo taken during the coral legs of Tara exhibition.

The health of coral reefs in many parts of the world is declining due to a variety of direct human pressures, such as overfishing, destructive fishing techniques or land-based activities that affect water quality of the oceans. Warming of the oceans and changes in the ocean chemistry such as extreme El-Niño oscillations, constitute additional threads for the coral reefs that are caused by the enhanced Greehouse effect. The amplitude of this stress can be severe in some regions, constituting a major ecological problem. Increase in seawater temperature favours pathogens development, and decreases host resistance.

To gain a better understanding of the current health and the biodiversity of the coral reefs, Tara Oceans has performed four main coral legs in remote marine areas around the globe.


® A. Amiel – Kahikai – Tara-Oceans

Institut français also presents many related public programs, including lectures by scholars, film discussion series, and school and college class tours.

All the parallel events are free and open to all.


A movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot

Produced by Hope and Tara Expéditions, with the support of Omega

Monday 20 January 2014


Sea Lounge, Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat

Attended by Romain Troublé, Secretary General of Tara Expeditions with Q&A

Wednesday 29 January 2014


Lycée Louis Massignon

Muroor, Abu Dhabi


Saturday, January 25

2 :30pm

Saadiyat Public Beach

Discovering the local marine environment: Dolphins in UAE

A lecture on the beach by Dr Ada Natoli, PhD and Project director of UAE Dolphin Project

> Saturday, February 1


Saadiyat Public Beach

Coral Reefs of the Arabian Gulf: A Natural Laboratory for Climate Change Research

A lecture on the beach by Dr. John Burt, Associate Professor of Biology and head of the Marine Biology Laboratory at New York University Abu Dhabi.