ITU PolReC Heads to 'Turkish Scientific Research Base'
Mar 01, 2017

The preliminary feasibility team of the ITU Polar Research Center (ITU PolReC), the first and only polar science research center in Turkey, has set out to find the right spot to establish the Turkish Scientific Research Base in Antarctica. The journey that takes place under the auspices of the Presidency and under the responsibility of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology is of great importance for the future of our country in the Antarctic in terms of scientific, technological, economic and political dimensions.

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This is evidenced by the fact that many countries have research-quality investments in the region, as well as the presence of region-centered scientific studies in the areas of effects of climate change on organisms and sea levels, fisheries, geology, medicine, astronomy, and energy.Due to global warming and the rising energy needs of the growing population, it is well known that in the event of a possible drought, Antarctica's importance will increase. The continent, which has 70% of the world's fresh water reserves, is seen as the salvation of the world’s population for this reason.

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The base will determine the most accurate point

The ITU PolReC team has set out on February 24 for the preliminary feasibility studies to determine the location of the base to be installed. With our team completing research and feasibility studies, it will be possible to establish the Turkish Scientific Research Base which will fly our flag on the continent and where our scientists and our universities can conduct research.

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The pre-feasibility team, under the leadership of ITU PolReC Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy, will also include Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burak Karacık of the Department of Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering, Dr. Hakan Yavaşoğlu of the Department of Geomatics Engineering, Onur Sabri Durak research assistant at the Department of Marine Transportation Management Engineering, Ayşe Giz Gülnerman Gengeç, research assistant at the Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Captain Özgün Oktar from the Department of Maritime Transportation and Management Engineering, Captain Sinan Yirmibeşoğlu and from the Faculty of Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ersan Başar 0f the Black Sea Technical University, and Hittite University Instructor M. Nurullah Alkan.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy: "The transport of the Turkish flag to Antarctica is a source of pride."

ITU PolReC Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy who shared her opinions on the journey for base establishment and the preliminary feasibility studies of the ITU PolReC team emphasized that polar investigations are a global policy issue and pointed out that the flag of 53 countries fly in the Antarctic, which does not belong to any country. Emphasizing that the protection of the land for peaceful research is extremely important, Dr. Özsoy stated that scientific work in the region is an example of this as all parties make a commitment to not harm the nature and living beings living in the Antarctic ecosystem. Noting that Turkish scientists have been on Antarctic expeditions since the 60s, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy added that in a world that we will leave to new generations, it is a source of pride that the Turkish flag will be carried to Antarctica alongside scientific research.

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Our country, which became an observer state in the scientific work taking place Antarctica in 1995, took another important step in 2015 with the establishment of the first and only center carrying out polar research in Turkey, ITU PolReC. With the establishment of ITU PolReC, Turkish scientists have a scientific organization in this area. ITU PolReC, which is supported by many Turkish academics both at home and abroad, also stands out as a place academics who want to conduct polar research to apply to and as a platform to discuss science programs.