Relation to Future Worlds Center
About the Organization
Istanbul Univerity was founded in 1982 as a successor of the Hydrobiological Research Institute founded in 1951. The institute conducts research in the fields of marine biology, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, marine geology and geophysics, coastal engineering, coastal management and marine economics and policies. The institute carries out research projects on the seas surrounding Turkey, using R/V ALEMDAR 2, equipped with oceanographic survey equipments. The scientific studies conducted in the institute focus on various research topics including; anthropogenic impacts on the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Black Sea; environmental problems resulting from shipping accidents and oil pollution; shallow seismic studies; fish stock assessment, topography and sedimentology studies; remote sensing and GIS applications; marine biodiversity surveys. The institute carried out monthly water quality monitoring in the Strait of Istanbul including its’ Black Sea and Marmara Sea exits between 1996 and 2010. Another main project on monitoring of the water quality and biodiversity in accordance with MSFD has been conducted in the Anatolian coast of the Black Sea since 2004. One of the main ongoing projects is the preparation of the “National Framework” to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization with the required information and data, considering the criteria used by EU. The other ongoing project is standardization of integrated marine monitoring.