OPTIMA: Optimisation   for Sustainable
Water Resources Management
   

Project Partners: SUMER, Turkey

   
SUMER, Hydrology and Water Resources Division, Dokuz Eylul University
Dokuz Eylul University, Tinaztepe Campus, TR-35160, Izmir
Tel: ++90 232 453 1008/1016   Fax: ++90 232 4531191
TURKEY
  Contacts: Nilgun Harmancioglu nilgun.harmancioglu@deu.edu.tr  
    Okan Fistikoglu okan.fistikoglu@deu.edu.tr  
    Sevinc Ozkul sevinc.ozkul@deu.edu.tr  
  http://www.deu.edu.tr

SUMER, Hydrology and Water Resources Division, Dokuz Eylul University will contribute to the data compilation and analysis tasks, primarily for the hydrology and water resources components, assist with model implementation. SUMER will also run the Turkish case study of the Gediz river basin near Izmir.

The Water Resources Research and Application Center (SUMER) of Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) is recently founded in April 2001. The basic objective of the Center is to carry out multidisciplinary scientific and technological research and applications for effective management of water resources. Working groups include education, research, and project activities devoted specifically to water resources planning and management, water pollution control, erosion control, hydrologic modeling and simulation, and environmental data management. Currently, they are involved with investigations on sustainable management of water resources, design of water quality monitoring networks, GIS applications in water and land resources, hydrometric databases, identification of non-point source pollution, and watershed modeling. The Center has also established a GIS Members of the SUMER research team have been funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey) for six major projects, five of which include Gediz River Basin as the study site. Some of the major projects include:

  • NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) on Integrated Approach to Environmental Data Management Systems (1996);
  • Assessment of Land-use and Land-based Pollutant Loads for River Basin Management Using Model-GIS Integration.
  • Applied Research Project granted by the Turkish State Planning and Development Agency, (1996-98),
  • The Use of GIS in Water Resources (1995-97)
  • The Use of Integrated Approaches to River basin management - GIS Applications (1995-97)
  • SMART-Sustainable Management of Scarce Water Resources in the Coastal Zone: INCOMED (2002-2005);
  • the Link Project "Natural Environment & Anthropogenic Impact on Internal Waters: Integrated Surveillance Methods for Pollution Measurement and Risk Assessment" (Tubitak, Turkey, GSRT, Greece) (2002 - 2004).

Key Team members

    Prof.Dr.Nilgun B. Harmancioglu Prof.Dr.Nilgun Harmancioglu is a professor of hydrology and water resources, teaching and carrying out research activities at DEU (Dokuz Eylul University) Faculty of Engineering since 1976. She received her High School Diploma at the American Collegiate Institute in Izmir (Turkey) in 1969; her BSc. in civil engineering in 1973; MSc. in water resources engineering in 1976; and her PhD. in hydrology and water resources in 1981 at Ege (Aegean) University, Faculty of Civil Engineering. She was promoted to associate professorship in 1986 and to full professorship in 1992 at DEU Faculty of Engineering. She spent a year between 1980-81 in Paris, Ecole National Superieure des Mines de Paris, Centre d'Informatique Geologique, Laboratoire d'Hydrogeologie Mathematique for post-doctoral studies on optimum design of hydrometric data collection networks. Between 1984-86, she worked as a research associate in Washington, D.C., the George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, International Water Resources Institute. There, she carried out a research project on monitoring and evaluation of water quality data and another one funded by NSF on precipitation-runoff modeling. Dr. Harmancioglu's basic areas of research are water resources planning and management, simulation of hydrologic processes and information theory as applied to water resources. She has about 200 publications in the relevant areas, 70% of which are in English. She has conducted 45 graduation projects and 20 graduate theses up-to-date in addition to various research projects funded by NATO, IWMI, the British Council, EU, the State Planning Agency (DPT), the State Hydraulic Works (DSI), DEU and the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). Dr. Harmancioglu acted as a member of the editorial board of the book series "Water Science and Technology Library" of Kluwer Academic Publishers and of the "Hydrology" journal published by Indian Association of Hydrologists (IAH). She is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. She is also a Lifelong Fellow of Indian Association of Hydrologists (IAH) since 1995. She published and edited 4 books published by Kluwer. She has contributed to several international conferences and symposia as a co-director, lecturer and member of organization committees. Dr. Harmancioglu is currently a member of such international organizations as ASCE, AGU, AWRA, EWRA, IAEH, IAHS, NYAS, and IWA. She has also been assigned as a member to the National Engineering Committee of the Higher Education Council of Turkey, established in 1995, and to the Turkish National Hydrology Commission since 2000. She has acted as a consultant to the Planning and Investigations Department of the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) of Turkey on Kura Basin Master Plan and other issues regarding integrated river basin management. Currently, she is a Theme Advisory Board member for International Hydrology Programme (IHP-VI) of UNESCO under the theme: Integrated Watershed and Aquifer Dynamics (since March 2002). At present, she is the Director of SUMER and Head of the Water Resources Division of the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Engineering Faculty.

    Assoc.Prof. Dr.Sevinc Ozkul is a civil engineer by profession and worked as a research associate in the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering between 1991 and 1997. She received her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1984, her M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering in 1988, and her PhD in 1996 on space-time design of water quality monitoring networks. She is currently an associate professor of water resources engineering in DEU Faculty of Engineering.

    Her basic fields of research are stochastic modeling of hydrologic processes, time series analysis, water resources planning and management, and water quality simulation. She is involved in a number of national and international research projects in the relevant areas, supported by NATO, the British Council, IWMI, TUBITAK and DEU. She has 13 publications in English and 10 in Turkish in addition to 15 technical and scientific reports.

    Assoc.Prof.Dr.Turkay Baran is a civil engineer by profession and worked as a research associate in the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering between 1985 and 1995. He received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1984, his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1987, and his PhD in 1993 on the use of the entropy concept as the variation of the information content of hydrologic variables. He is currently an associate professor of water resources engineering in DEU Faculty of Engineering.

    His basic fields of research are water resources economics, stochastic modeling of hydrologic processes, time series analysis, and water resources systems analysis. He has more than 30 publications mostly in Turkish in addition to contributions in technical and scientific reports.

    Ass.Prof. Dr.Okan Fistikoglu is a civil engineer by profession and worked as a research associate in the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering since 1994. He received his B.Sc. in civil Engineering in 1992, his M.Sc. in 1995; and his PhD in 2001 on hydrologic simulation integrated with GIS and remote sensing applications in water resources. His basic fields of research are GIS, hydrologic simulation, modeling of erosion processes, development of database systems, water resources planning and management, and non-point source pollution modeling. He attended in 1994 the Med-Campus MEDECO training course on remote sensing and GIS in coastal and estuarine modeling. He also studied hydrologic modeling at the Institute of Hydrology in Wallingford, Oxford, UK. He has received a scholarship from TUBITAK to carry out his graduate studies. He is involved in a number of research projects in the relevant areas, supported by EU, NATO, the British Council, IWMI, TUBITAK, the State Planning Agency, and DEU. Since 2000, Dr. Fistikoglu has been acting as a lecturer and as a faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering. He has published more than 30 papers and chapters in books, about half of them being in English. He has also contributed to 20 technical reports on applied research projects.

    Dr. Filiz Barbaros is an environmental engineer by profession and has been working as a research associate in the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering since 2002. She received her B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering in 1994, her M.Sc. in 1997; and her Ph.D. in 2001 on institutional support systems for environmental management. She received a scholarship from TUBITAK to carry out her graduate studies.

    Her basic fields of research are water quality simulation and environmental management. She is involved in a number of research projects in the relevant areas, supported by EU, NATO, the British Council, IWMI, TUBITAK, DSI, the State Planning Agency, and DEU.

    Mr. Cem Polat Cetinkaya (M.Sc.) is a civil engineer by profession and has been working as a research associate in the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering since 1999. He received his B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1997 and his M.Sc. in 2001; he is currently studying for his Ph.D. on hydrologic simulation and GIS and remote sensing applications in water resources.

    His basic fields of research are stochastic time series analysis, monitoring network design, computer-based models of urban and rural watersheds, and water resources planning and management. He is involved in a number of research projects in the relevant areas, supported by EU, NATO, the British Council, IWMI, DSI, TUBITAK, the State Planning Agency, and DEU.

    Mr. Yildirim Dalkilic (M.Sc) is a civil engineer by profession and has been working as a research associate in the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering since 1998. He received his B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1997 and his M.Sc in 2001; he is currently studying for his Ph.D. on risk assessment in water resources management.

    His basic fields of research are optimization of water power schemes, stochastic time series analysis, and water resources economics, planning and management. He is involved in a number of research projects in the relevant areas, supported by DEU.
    Mr. Ahmet Ali Kumanlioglu (M.Sc.) is a civil engineer by profession and has worked as a research associate in the Civil Engineering Department of Celal Bayar University (Manisa) Faculty of Engineering between in 2001 - 2004 and Civil Engineering Department of DEU Faculty of Engineering since 2004 . He received his B.Sc. in civil engineering in 2000 and his M.Sc. in 2003; he is currently studying for his Ph.D. on hydrologic simulation and GIS and modeling of watershed hydrology in water resources.

    His basic fields of research are applications of artificial intelligent methods in hydrology, computer-based models of urban and rural watersheds, water resources planning and management.


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