As FS METEOR leaves the position of the TARA320 nautical miles west of Galicia, Spain, and head north towards the sampling area, TARA hits 40-50 knots winds. The low atmospheric depression was not only expected, but wished for.
This morning, on its way to the sampling location north of the Faroe Islands, FS METEOR passed just 200 nautical miles east of TARA`s position. The 36 meter, two-mast sailing vessel is on its last oceanographic mission of the TARA OCEANS expedition, and performing one the last experiments on that mission.
The Chief Scientist, Stéphane Pesant contacted FS METEOR via email to inform the scientific party of his plans. Although the two vessels will sample different parts of the North Atlantic, the objective is the same: arrive before the spring phytoplankton bloom and observe the transition from winter to spring.