INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

Project Name: Mediterranean network for automated high frequency monitoring of phytoplankton  (MENAPHY)

Funding and Duration: ENVI-MED REGIONAL PROGRAMME / 2013-2014

Principal Investigator: Dr. Zahit Uysal

Scope: The overall aim of MENAPHY is to build a network between Mediterranean research groups located inFrance,Italy andTurkey to initiate a larger network addressing the monitoring of Mediterranean phytoplankton at high frequency with automated flow cytometry both from ships of opportunity and observation buoys. One specific objective is to lead this initial network to submit a proposal which will be relevant to MERMEX and HYMEX actions, and involving ships of opportunity connecting Marseille toTunis, andMersin (Turkey) toAlexandria (Egypt).

URL: To be provided soon byAixMarseilleUniversity (AMU)

 

 

Project Name: SeaDataNet II is the second phase of the project SeaDataNet - a Pan-European infrastructure for Ocean & Marine data management

Funding and Duration: EU FP7 / 2011 - 2015

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Ahmet Erkan Kıdeyş

Scope: The main objective of the project is to improve operations and to progress towards an efficient data management infrastructure able to handle the diversity and large volume of data collected via the Pan-European oceanographic fleet and the new observation systems, both in real-time and delayed mode. The infrastructure is based on a semi-distributed system that incorporates and enhance the existing network of National Oceanographic Data Centers (NODC) of 35 countries. Data are derived from many different sensors installed on board of research vessels, satellites and in-situ platforms, that are part of the various ocean and marine observing systems.The on-line access to in-situ data, meta-data and products is provided through a unique portal interconnecting the interoperable node platforms constituted by the SeaDataNet data centres.

URL: http://www.seadatanet.org/

 

 

 

Project Name: MERMAID (Marine Environmental targets linked to Regional MAnagement schemes based on Indicators Developed for the Mediterranean)

Funding and Duration: EU FP7 / 2012-2015

Principle Investigator: Dr. Barış Salihoğlu

Scope: To contribute to a more thorough assessment of the environmental quality of Mediterranean areas, to elaborate on established knowledge and data gaps and propose appropriate monitoring and methodological approaches, to set SMART environmental objectives that will contribute further to define GES, adapting the targets towards its achievement and to identify the links between established targets and management measures.

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Project Name: COCONET (A Coast to Coast Network of protected areas: from the shore to the deep sea)

Funding and Duration: EU FP7 / 2011 - 2014

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Bettina Fach Salihoğlu

Scope: To create new knowledge to support the development of decision maker's tools for optimizing the management of human activities, within an integrated coastal and marine space system for the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

URL: http://www.coconet-fp7.eu/index.php

 

Project Name: PERSEUS (Policy-oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas)

Funding and Duration: EU FP7 / 2011 – 2013

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ahmet Erkan Kıdeyş

Scope: To identify the interacting patterns of both natural and human-derived pressures on the SES and proceed with assessing their impact on the marine ecosystems, to develop tools to evaluate environmental status using existing and upgraded monitoring and modeling capabilities, and to use developed tools to implement the principles and objectives put forward in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and promote them across the SES.

URL: http://www.perseus-net.eu/

 

Project Name: OPEC (Operational Ecology: Ecosystem forecast products to enhance marine GMES applications)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 7 / 2012 – 2014

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Barış Salihoğlu

Scope: OPEC will undertake research and development to develop Operational Ecology to augment the capabilities of the GMES Marine Service. Using the Marine Service as a framework, OPEC will contribute to the establishment of innovative new GMES products or applications by establishing the infrastructure for the performance of ecology in the European Regional Seas by implementing a prototype regional ecological Marine Forecast System in 4 European Regions (NE Atlantic Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas, which include hydrodynamics, lower (plankton) and higher trophic (e.g. fish) and biological data assimilation.

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Project Name: EURO – BASIN (EU Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis & Integration)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 7 / 2010 – 2014

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Barış Salihoğlu

Scope: EURO-BASIN is the European branch of the International BASIN Program (Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis & Integration) focusing on climate and human forcing, ecosystem impact and consequences for living resources management in the North Atlantic.

URL: http://www.euro-basin.eu/

 

Project Name: ODEMM (Options for Delivering Ecosystem-based Marine Management)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 7 / 2010 – 2014

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Barış Salihoğlu

Scope: The overall aim of the ODEMM project is to develop a set of fully-costed ecosystem management options that would deliver the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive, the European Commission Blue Book and the Guidelines for the Integrated Approach to Maritime Policy. The key objective is to produce scientifically-based operational procedures that allow for a step by step transition from the current fragmented system to fully integrated management.

URL: http://www.liv.ac.uk/odemm/

 

Project Name: My Ocean (Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 7 / 2009 – 2013

Principal Investigator: Dr. Emin Özsoy

Scope: Providing products and services for all types of marine applications; maritime safety, marine resources, coastal and marine environment, and weather, climate and seasonal forecasting.

URL: http://www.myocean.eu.org/

 

Project Name: MEECE (Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 7 / 2008 – 2012

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Barış Salihoğlu

Scope: MEECE is a European FP7 project that uses predictive models to explore the impacts of both climate drivers (acidification, light, circulation and temperature) and human induced drivers (fishing, pollution, invasive species and eutrophication) on marine ecosystems.

MEECE Fact Sheets

URL: http://www.meece.eu/

 

Project Name: EUROFLEETS (Towards and Alliance of European Research Fleets)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 7 / 2009 – 2013

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Ali Cemal Gücü

Scope: The marine environment represents a vast universe of natural resources that has yet to be fully explored. This universe holds a myriad of possibilities that can help support European economic development. While the marine environment holds such potential, it is costly to access, highly variable and very unpredictable. This, together with increasing societal demands, means that marine research needs to come together and work in a holistic fashion with a long-term approach. The EU-funded EUROFLEETS project will work to do just this by creating an alliance of marine research centers across Europe that will be able to work together and share resources, improving the quality of marine research in Europe.

URL: http://www.eurofleets.eu/

 

Project Name: MYTITURK (Sub-regional Surveys for the Assessment of Contamination Level of Aegean and Mediterranean Coastal Waters of Turkey Using Caged Mussels Existing in Turkish Coasts)

Funding and Duration: UNEP – MAP / 2011 – 2012

Principal Investigator: Dr. Semal Yemenicioğlu

Scope: The program MYTILOS/MYTIMED/MYTIAD/MYTIOR/MYTITURK is carried out to investigate the sources, fate and effects of contaminants in all the Mediterranean Sea in order to support the management of environmental issues. In the context of this program, the project MYTITURK will assess coastal contamination using caged mussels in adequate locations along the coasts of Turkey. The stations have been located homogeneously taking in account the inputs to the sea (areas affected, quality of rivers, industrial or urban inputs, etc.) and the consideration of local hydrodynamics. Besides the study of contamination in mussels (Mytilus galloproviancialis or brachydontes), the results will also be used to complete the global evaluation of the chemical contamination in the context of UNEP/MAP - MED POL Monitoring activities.

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

 

Project Name: Upgrade BlackSeaScene (A Supporting Program for Capacity Building in the Black Sea Region towards Operational Status of Oceanographic Services)

Funding and Duration: EU FP7 / 2009 – 2011

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ferit Bingel

Scope: To extend the existing research infrastructure with an additional 19 marine environmental institutes/organizations from the 6 Black Sea countries; to implement the results of the Joint Research Activities of the FP6 RI SeaDataNet project (common communication standards and adapted technologies to ensure the datacenters interoperability); to network the existing and new Black Sea datacenters, active in data collection, and provide integrated databases of standardized quality on-line; to realize and improve on-line access to in-situ and remote sensing data, meta-data and products; to adopt standardized methodologies for data quality checking to ensure the quality, compatibility and coherence of the data issuing from so many sources.

URL: http://www.blackseascene.net/

 

Project Name: SESAME (Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modeling Ecosystems Changes Sustainable Development)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 6 / 2006 - 2011

Principal Investigator: Dr. Emin Özsoy

Scope: The general scientific objectives of SESAME IP, supported by the European Commission, are to assess and predict changes in the Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems as well as changes in the ability of these ecosystems to provide goods and services.

The Mediterranean and Black Sea will be approached as a coupled climatic/ecosystem entity, with links and feedbacks to the world ocean. The assessment of ecosystem changes will be based on the identification of the major regime shifts in ecosystems that occurred during the last 50 years. Mathematical models validated and upgraded using existing and new observations will be used to predict ecosystem responses to changes in climate and anthropogenic forcings during the next five decades. The new data will be gathered during multidisciplinary, multi-ship oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. These will provide an overall picture of the Mediterranean and Black Sea that does not yet exist as well as essential datasets for model validation.

URL: http://www.sesame-ip.eu/

 

Project Name: ECOOP (European Coastal Sea Operational Observing and Forecasting System)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 6 / 2007 – 2010

Principal Investigator: Dr. Temel Oğuz

Scope: The goal of ECOOP is to build up a sustainable pan-European capacity in providing timely, quality assured marine service (including data, information products, knowledge and scientific advices) in European coastal-shelf seas. The MERSEA Integrated Project has looked at the provision of ocean basin scale forecast model outputs to a variety of intermediate users. The ECOOP Integrated Project will take the products made available by MERSEA and fine tune them to meet a variety of applications in European Coastal Seas such as; ecosystem models, HAB warning systems, oil spill and contaminant dispersion and forecast studies, and maritime ship routing applications.

URL: http://www.ecoop.eu/

 

Project Name: BLACKSEA MODE (Climate Change Effects and Regime Shifts in the Black Sea Basin)

Funding and Duration: FP 6 Marie Curie IEF / 2007 – 2009

Principal Investigator: Dr. Temel Oğuz and Dr. Barış Salihoğlu

Scope: Trophic controls in the Black Sea ecosystem.

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Project Name: CITYZEN (MegaCITY – Zoom for the Environment)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 7 / 2008 – 2011

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nilgün Kubilay

Scope: The CityZen will look at the air pollution and changes in and around megacities over the last decade to analyze the impact of air pollution on local and global air quality. The focus will be on ozone and particular matter and their precursors. Four emission hot spots have been selected: the BeNeLux and Ruhr area, Po Valley, Eastern-Mediterranean (Athens, Istanbul, and Cairo) and Pearl River Delta in China (including Guangzhou and Hong Kong).

URL: http://www.cityzen-project.eu/

 

Project Name: BlackSeaScene (Black Sea Scientific Network)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 6 / 2005 – 2008

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ferit Bingel

Scope: Black Sea SCENE I supports the integrated provision of infrastructure related services to the Black Sea region research community. The Black Sea SCENE research infrastructure aims at stimulating scientific cooperation, exchange of knowledge and expertise, and strengthen the regional capacity and performance of marine environmental data & information management, underpin harmonization with European marine data quality control/assessment procedures and adoption of international meta-data standards and data-management practices, providing improved data & information delivery services for the Black Sea region at a European level.

URL: http://www.blackseascene.net/

 

Project Name: SeaDataNet (Pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean and Marine Data Management)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 6-7 / 2006 – 2011

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ferit Bingel

Scope: Data availability is of vital importance for marine research but most of the European data are fragmented, not always validated and not easily accessible. In the 40 countries bordering the European seas, more than 600 scientific laboratories from governmental organizations and private industry collect data by using various sensors on board of research vessels, submarines, fixed and drifting platforms, airplanes and satellites to measure physical, geophysical, geological, biological and chemical parameters, biological species etc. SEADATANET aims to develop an efficient distributed Pan-European Marine Data Management Infrastructure for managing these large and diverse data sets. The objective is to network the existing professional data centers of 35 countries, active in data collection, and provide integrated databases of standardized quality on-line.

URL: http://www.seadatanet.org/

 

 

Project Name: EuroGOOS (The European Global Ocean Observing System) – SEPRISE (Sustained, Efficient Production of Required information Services)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 6 / 2004 – 2007

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Şükrü Beşiktepe

Scope: EuroGOOS is an association of national governmental agencies and research organizations, founded in 1994, committed to European-scale operational oceanography within the context of the intergovernmental Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). EuroGOOS has 34 members, providing operational oceanographic services and carrying out marine research, from 16 European countries. SEPRISE has been a Specific Support Action funded by the EC within the 6th Framework Program to further operational oceanographic services, in line with the priorities of the members of EuroGOOS. One of the deliverables from the project was to provide an operational demonstration with the main objectives to demonstrate the feasibility of joint pan-European data exchange, regular analysis and forecasting in an operational mode and by this demonstrate the European capacity in operational oceanography.

URL: http://www.seprise.eu/

 

Project Name: MEDPOL (The Program for the Assessment and Control of Pollution in the Mediterranean Region)

Funding and Duration: SSFA, 2009 – 2010

Principal Investigator: Dr. Süleyman Tuğrul

Scope: The Program for the Assessment and Control of Pollution in the Mediterranean region (MED POL) was initiated in 1975 as the environmental assessment component of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and is now in Phase IV. Its task is to assist Mediterranean countries in the implementation of pollution-assessment programs (marine pollution trend monitoring, compliance monitoring and biological effects monitoring). The National Monitoring Program of Turkey in the framework of MED POL Phase IV includes the monitoring of pollution trends at hot spots (estuaries of rivers, sites subject to urban and industrial waste-water), the monitoring of river inputs, the compliance monitoring of effluents and bathing waters and the monitoring of contaminant levels in biota and sediments to follow long-term changes of the chemical pollution status of the coastal waters. Eutrophication monitoring and assessment is also included in the program as a pilot activity.

URL: http://www.medpol.unepmap.org/

 

 

Project Name: MERSEA (Marine Environment and Security for the European Area)

Funding and Duration: EU FP6 / 2004 – 2008

Principal Investigator: Dr. Emin Özsoy

Scope: The aim of the project is the development of a European system for operational monitoring and forecasting of the ocean physics, biogeochemistry, and ecosystems, on global and regional scales. The strategic objective of MERSEA is to provide an integrated service of global and regional ocean monitoring and forecasting to intermediate users and policy makers in support of safe and efficient offshore activities, environmental management, security, and sustainable use of marine resources. The system to be developed will be a key component of the Ocean and Marine services element of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).

URL: http://www.ifremer.fr/merseaip/

 

Project Name: ASCABOS (A supporting Program for Capacity Building in the Black Sea Region towards Operational Status of Oceanographic Services)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 6 / 2005 – 2008

Principal Investigator: Dr. Temel Oğuz

Scope: Communications, data and information exchange are the key elements of the operational ocean monitoring and forecasting networks, defined in the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Development of observing and closely related operational forecasting system in the Black Sea region requires the exchange of significant data and information volumes. ASCABOS is designed to strengthen the communication system ensuring flexible and operative infrastructure for data and information exchange between partners and end users. ASCABOS aims to increase public awareness and to stimulate and motivate the utilization of operational oceanographic information in regional management and decision-making practices. In the same time, high level of the operational services must be built and retained. ASCABOS supports achievement of these crucial objectives by initiating an educational and training program designed for young scientists and wide spectrum of end users.

URL: http://www.ascabos.io-bas.bg/

 

Project Name: MFSTEP (Mediterranean Ocean Forecasting System: Toward Environmental Predictions)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 5 / 2003 – 2006

Principal Investigator: Dr. Emin Özsoy

Scope: The project aims at the further development of an operational forecasting system for the Mediterranean Sea based upon three main components: a) the Near Real Time Observing system; b) the numerical forecasting systems at basin scale and for regional areas; c) the forecast products dissemination/exploitation system.

URL: http://www.ifremer.fr/mfstep/

 

Project Name: IASON (International Action for Sustainability of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Environment)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 6 / 2005 – 2006

Principal Investigator: Dr. Emin Özsoy

Scope: To provide comprehensive state-of-the-art information regarding the current state of the marine and coastal environment of the Mediterranean and Black Sea system, the carrying capacity of the system, and the marine resources.

URL: http://www.iasonnet.gr/

 

Project Name: The toxicity and ecological impacts of diatom Pseudo-nitschia seriata on the copepod species in the Black Sea

Funding and Duration: TÜBİTAK – NASU / 2005 – 2007

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Şengül Beşiktepe

Scope: In recent years, the diatom species Pseudo-nitzschia produces domoic acid, a kind of neuro-toxin. In the concept of this project, a diatom species of Pseudo-nitzschia isolated from Sevastopol Bay, Black Sea, is examined for its toxicity and ecological impacts on the feeding mechanism and egg production of copepod species Acartia clausi.

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Project Name: MACE (Multi-disciplinary Analysis of the Caspian Sea Ecosystem)

Funding and Duration: NATO SFP / 2005 – 2008

Principal Investigator: Dr. Emin Özsoy

Scope: Since August 2004, scientists from Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey have worked together to understand the ecosystem of the Caspian Sea and Kara-Boğaz-Göl Bay (a large lagoon east of the Caspian Sea). The bay normally covers an area around 18,000 square kilometers and is only a few meters deep. Since the water level is several meters lower than the Caspian Sea, water flows from the sea through a narrow strait into the bay, where much of it evaporates. Kara-Boğaz-Göl Bay is one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth, and the salt in this basin has been used commercially since at least the 1920s. In March 1980, in order to decelerate the decline in the water level of the Caspian Sea, which in 1977 was the lowest at any time over the past 400 years, the Kara-Boğaz-Göl Strait was dammed. In response to this intervention, the bay had already dried up completely by November 1983. In 1992, the dam was destroyed and Kara-Boğaz-Göl Bay has been filling up again with water from the Caspian. Since 1992, Kara-Boğaz-Göl Bay has shown characteristic seasonal oscillations similar to those of the Caspian Sea itself.

URL: http://linux-server.ims.metu.edu.tr/mace/mace.html

 

Project Name: ODBMS (Black Sea Ecosystem Processes and Forecasting / Operational Database Management System)

Funding and Duration: NATO SFP / 1998 – 2002

Principal Investigator: Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu

Scope: To explore, quantify and predict the ecosystem variability of the Black Sea through process studies and development of coupled interdisciplinary models with data assimilation schemes that will allow: prediction of the future states of the sea (FORECASTING); descriptions of the present (NOWCASTING) and the past states of the sea and displaying trends and changes (HINDCASTING); and to develop further the NATO Black Sea Data Base and Management System for management oriented operational marine forecasting and research, requiring transmission to a wide variety of users quality controlled data received from moored buoys, ships, drifting sensor arrays, fixed platforms and satellites, with stringent requirements in DBMS-to-USER transmission in delayed and / or near-real-time modes.

URL: http://sfp1.ims.metu.edu.tr/

 

Project Name: ARENA (A Regional Capacity Building and Networking Program to Upgrade Monitoring and Forecasting Activity in the Black Sea Basin)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 5 - Black Sea GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System) / 2003 – 2006

Principal Investigator: Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu

Scope: ARENA aims to identify the gaps, needs, resources and existing capacities of the Black Sea countries, identify the needs of the end users and foster an adequate capacity building through training and networking to improve the ongoing basin wide activities; monitor and assess the changes of the ecosystem characteristics of the Black Sea; formulate a Data-Base Management System and explore, quantify and initiate a preliminary prediction system and set up a network among the Black Sea Institutions and establish links for the regional information and dissemination for marine data and services; set up links and collaborate with the other ongoing international programs; raise awareness and build up an efficient dissemination system and disseminate information and the basin wide activities to all community; improve the regional capacity to serve Black Sea GOOS, Euro GOOS and GOOS.

URL: http://www.ims.metu.edu.tr/black_sea_goos/projects/arena.htm

 

Project Name: Grazing, growth and production of Calanus euxinus in the Black Sea

Funding and Duration: NATO-EST-CLG / 2002 – 2004

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Şengül Beşiktepe

Scope: Studying the abundance, biomass and population structure of Calanus euxinus and examining functional characteristics (e.g. grazing, growth, respiration, excretion, and egestion) of C. euxinus.

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Project Name: Ecological and socio-economic importance of a small Marine Protected Area

Funding and Duration: UNDP – SGF / 2000 – 2003

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Ali Cemal Gücü

Scope: Bozyazi Coastal Protection Area lies along the Cilician coast, which is one of the two WWF's marine ecosystem hotspots in Turkey. The site supports globally threatened fauna species (Monachus monachus, Caretta caretta, Chelenia mydas) and flora species (Posidonia oceanica). The project is in line with the WWF's objective of "the creation of a large fish refuge area along the coast of the Cilician basin, extending and improving the existing protection status." Accordingly the site together with other 4 areas has been declared a 1st degree Natural SIT by the Ministry of Culture and a Coastal Protected Area by the Ministry of Agriculture, closing the coast to the trawl fishery. These 5 Protected Sites have been also declared "gift to the earth" in the context of the WWF's campaign. The project's one of the main objectives is to demonstrate to the local communities that the conservation status has given time and space for main fish stock to repopulate the area, with major benefits for the local fishermen. The demonstration to the local communities and local governors the benefits of the coastal protected areas will encourage the extension of the status to other coasts.

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Project Name: ARAL-KUM (Desertification in the Aral Sea region: a study of the natural and anthropogenic impacts)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 5 – INCO 2 / 2000 – 2003

Principal Investigator: Dr. Emin Özsoy

Scope: The state of the Aral Sea and the surrounding lands constitutes one to the worst environmental disasters that the world has ever seen. As the lake has shrunk, as a re-salt of increasing diversion of Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya Rivers for irrigation, various types of salts have precipitated on its former bed. Because most of these salts are sub-jest to wind erosion, the exposed bed of the Aral has become the major source of salt and dust storms in the region. Salt in the atmosphere being condensation nuclei have an impact on world climate and thus the problem becomes of Worland European concern. The objective of the project is to investigate the causes of disastrous desertification in the Aral Sea Region aiming to elaborate recommendations for the most effective remedial actions to be taken to combat desertification. The project methodology includes a) monitoring of the land, river and sea parameters being considered as key indicators of desertification and to contribute towards establishing a data information system b) modeling development to obtain an mathematical tool to understand Aral desertification process and to set upon environmental management of this basin.

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Project Name: SEA – SEARCH (Pan-European Network for Oceanographic Data and Information Management)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 5 – EESD / 2002 – 2005

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Şükrü Beşiktepe

Scope: The primary goal of Sea-Search (2002 – 2005) has been to provide users with a central overview of ocean and marine data & information, collected and managed by research institutes, monitoring agencies and data holding centers in the countries bordering the European seas. Sea-Search focused on metadata and has established and populated an array of directories and overviews of ocean and marine data & information resources from 30 countries in Pan-Europe.

URL: http://www.sea-search.net/

 

Project Name: MAMA (The Mediterranean network to Access and upgrade the Monitoring and forecasting Activity in the region)

Funding and Duration: EU FP 5 – MedGOOS / 2002 – 2005

Principal Investigator: Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu

Scope: MAMA is a project for a Mediterranean network to assess and upgrade monitoring and forecasting activity in the basin. MAMA involves building a basin-wide network for modeling and forecasting, identifying significant gaps in the basin, building capacities, through exchange of personnel, designing an initial forecasting system and raising awareness. MAMA involves 31 research and government agencies from 26 countries.

URL: http://vosdata.santateresa.enea.it:54321/mfs/mama/

 

Project Name: The evaluation of the impact of the atmospheric inputs of trace metals to the Eastern Mediterranean

Funding and Duration: NATO – LG / 2001 – 2003

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nilgün Kubilay

Scope: The objectives of the study will be; to define the temporal (seasonal and inter-annual) and spatial variation in trace metal concentrations in the Eastern Mediterranean aerosol from samples collected two coastal sampling site (one at Erdemli, Turkey and the other at IOLR, Haifa, Israel); to evaluate the sources to the Eastern Mediterranean atmosphere of aerosol associated trace metals using back trajectory analysis.

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Project Name: Updated interdisciplinary Black Sea database on a basis of recent international projects/cruises

Funding and Duration: NATO – LG / 2004 – 2005

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Şükrü Beşiktepe

Scope: The main objective of this work is to create the amended up-to-date version of the interdisciplinary environmental multipurpose Black Sea database as a tool and a source of information for the regional decision makers, scientists, NGOs, and students. Due to the drastically extended volume of the loaded data, the database will provide new possibilities for scientific analysis and will help to improve the ecological situation in the region, to try to forecast hazardous algae blooms, and to predict the oil spills movement in case of the incidents.

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Project Name: US – Turkish – Ukraine Collaborative Research in the Black Sea

Funding and Duration: TÜBİTAK – NSF U.S.A. / 2002 – 2003

Principal Investigator: Dr. Semal Yemenicioğlu

Scope: This two-year project will take advantage of new samples collected during the 2001 R/V Knorr research cruise in the Black Sea. The collaboration focuses on three science projects of which samples and new data were collected for during the recent R/V Knorr cruise; 1) spatial variability in the chemistry of oxygen, sulfide and nutrients in the upper layer of the anoxic zone due to ventilation from the Bosphorus inflow; 2) Geochemistry of redox metals (including Mn, Fe, Cd, Mo, U, V, Re) in particulate matter across the oxic/suboxic/anoxic layers in the water column; 3) Application of molecular genetic techniques for understanding population genetic structure of Calanus euxinus.

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Project Name: Improving EEA marine indicators

Funding and Duration: European Environment Agency, ETC – Water/2006 - 2009

Principal Investigator: Dr. Temel Oğuz

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Project Name: DMSP and DMS distribution in Turkish Seas

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Principal Investigator:  Dr. Şengül Beşiktepe

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