Meteorologists Meet at ITU to "Understand the Clouds"
Mar 24, 2017

The Meteorological Engineering Department and the Meteorological Research Club (METAR) met with students, expert academics, and leading representatives of the field under the main theme of "Understanding the Clouds" organized on March 23rd World Meteorology Day. Our department, which is the first of its kind in Turkey in the field of atmospheric science and meteorology, brought together many experts from meteorology from the aviation sector to the media on this important day. This year’s theme, determined by the World Meteorological Organization to be "Understanding the Clouds", was celebrated with this special event at the Ayazağa campus. Opening speeches were given by METAR President Semih Kahraman, Head of the Meteorological Engineers Chamber Ahmet Köse, ITU Meteorological Engineering Department Prof. Dr. Ahmet Duran Şahin, State Hydraulic Works Regional Director Sedat Özpınar, General Directorate of Meteorology Regional Director Ahmet Kocaman, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics Prof. Dr. Metin Orhan Kaya, followed by the opening of ITU Meteorological Engineering Department’s Dr. Deniz Demirhan's “Cloud" exhibition.

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The first session, moderated by our faculty member, Assoc. Prof. Dr. of Sevinç Asilhan Sırdaş, included participation by the famous meteorological engineer Gökhan Abur, director Kemal Çiftçi, Istanbul Şehir University Instructor Ömer Terzi, and meteorological engineer Dr. Hakkı Baltacı. The experts shared their views and paid special attention to the fact that if the clouds were to lose their function, the biggest danger as a result would be drought. In addition to Professor Dr. Ahmet Duran Şahin, our graduates NTV Meteorological Editor Gökhan Abur, CNN Turkish Meteorological Editor, Bünyamin Sürmeli, and Haber Türk Meteorological Editor Hüseyin Öztel gave important warnings about the likelihood of water shortages and drought in our country. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Duran Şahin emphasized that the increase of drought in Turkey is expected and that this situation should be defined as a "disaster". Dr. Şahin pointed out that the drought would occur in unexpected moments and that the country would experience drought in the southern regions of our country while flooding occurred in the northern regions, which receive excessive rainfall.

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Bünyamin Sürmeli, who spoke at the event, cautioned e will likely encounter a water shortage in the short term, that toward 2030, a negative tendency in the water supply-demand ratio, and that we would face a serious risks if the water requirement could not be met. Another speaker, NTV Meteorological Editor Gökhan Abur explained what needs to be done to avoid water shortages and prevent drought. Gökhan Abur shared his views with the following words: "We need green spaces. In the case of green areas, clouds cannot release enough rainfall because carbon dioxide in the air will not cool the clouds. For this reason, big cities need to be planned very well. We need to develop forested areas and choose our settlement centers accordingly."

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The importance of meteorology was emphasized

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hussein Toros moderated the second session titled "Meteorology and Sectors". Speaker in this session included THY Meteorological Engineer Yıldırım Mete, Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) Deputy Director Ahmet Köse, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gurcan Büyüksalih, Kırklareli Atatürk Soil Water and Agricultural Meteorological Research Institute Director, Dr. Fatih Bakanoğulları, from Kanal 24, Eldebiran Ayan, Meteorological Engineer Elif Beyza Çatalbaş, and Meteorological Engineer Selda Gündoğdu.

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After the seminars were concluded, students had a chance to speak individually with the successful alumni of our Department of Meteorological Engineering over refreshments provided in the foyer.

About the ITU Department of Meteorological Engineering

Our Department of Meteorological Engineering is known for its intensive work on climate change due to global warming, daily or long-term weather forecasting and combating climate-induced natural disasters. The department produces engineers who will work with the latest technologies in air analysis and forecasting, climate change, air pollution, solar and wind energy, hydrology, hydrometeorology, agricultural meteorology, atmospheric physics, risk analysis, and disaster response. The Department also publicly shares its scientific work and long-term forecasts of the future as part of the March 23rd World Meteorology Day events.