A Sustainable and Unique Water Strategy Model: HİDROTÜRK
Jan 26, 2017


A project presentation meeting was held at the Ayazağa Campus to introduce The Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs General Directorate of Water Management and İTUNOVA TTO’s project "Hidrotürk" which was developed as a model unique to our country in order to develop water quality and ecological models. A large number of guests attended the meeting including our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, our Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Ali Fuat Aydin, ITU Department of Civil Engineering 1980 graduate and General Director of Water Management, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs Prof. Dr. Cumali Kınacı, and İTÜNOVA TTO General Manager Dr Ercan Çitil.

The project basically aims to create a specific model of its own water quality or ecology modules, taking advantage of hydrology as a decision-making tool for water management and ensuring that it is in accordance with the conditions of our country, in accordance with international standards, uses open source code and interface, and is applicable to the basin or sub-basin scale. The target, within the scope of Hidrotürk, is to test the project model, prepare software and verify by basin-based applications. The project is expected to progress as follows: introduction to modeling, basic training in hydrology, water quality, and ecology, the present case of hydrology used in other countries, determination of the limits of water quality and ecological models, basin-based implementation, integration of the resulting model into national information systems, and lastly, model training.

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: "Our responsibility will be our motivation"

Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu, Department of Civil Engineering 1971 graduate and Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs addressed the participants in a telegraph, wishing the project success, noting the importance of the development of Turkey's own hydrological, water quality and ecological modeling tools in order for water resources to be sustainable. Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, who gave the opening speech of the program, stated that the first phase of the national water strategy had moved beyond the imagination stage. Dr Karaca stated that, as with everything else, if there were no dreams in an area, it would not be possible to have this dream realized, that Hidrotürk is a work that requires great responsibility and that this responsibility will be a source of motivation at the same time.

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Prof. Dr. Cumali Kınacı: "We need a unique model that reflects Turkey's conditions."


Among those attending the presentation, Director General of Water Management, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Prof Dr. Cumali Kınacı began by discussing the fact that even though the water resources of the world are limited, demand for these resources is constantly increasing, noting the need for a unique model to ensure that the water resources available in our country are protected and used in the most efficient way. Dr Kınacı declared that it would improve capacity if a model would be developed that takes into account the needs of our country in terms of basic functions, reflecting the conditions in Turkey stating "A model for sustainable water management is indispensable. Despite having previous marketing models in Turkey, these models were never used because they are not open-code. We need to make further improvements at this point."

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Among the people behind the scenes of the study, Hidrotürk manager and our Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Ali Fuat Aydın conveyed the great significance of the work to the participants noting that the project was a turning point in the modeling process of water resources in our country. Dr Aydin said of the project which involves 20 experts from 7 universities coming together with a common goal of developing the most appropriate water strategy model that they began with the question: “Why do we need a model?” The Vice Rector reminded us that in modeling studies in situ detection of the environmental effects of reactions is very costly and time consuming emphasizing that it is not possible to transport any water environment into a laboratory environment. Pointing out that this increases the importance of modelling even more, Dr Aydın said the following: “Models provide the advantages of determining the most appropriate options for solving environmental problems, saving time and money, providing better analysis of different scenarios and environmental risks, allowing a better understanding of operation in system and natural processes and in accordance with these factors, in light of the correct predictions to be made for future scenarios, leading to various plans for sustainable development.”

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İTÜNOVA TTO General Manager and Hidrotürk Project Coordinator Dr Ercan Çitil said that he believed they will achieve success in this extremely important and ambitious project and that thanks to high-tech tools, in this regard, Turkey will close the gap between itself and the world. Dr Çitil added that they regarded Hidrotürk as a work that can continue beyond the 3 year project and that they were open to providing every contribution in this process.