Ecosystem Research and Implementation Center (EKOSAM) has undertaken a mission depends on "ecosystem-based" research. The concept of biodiversity includes genetics, species and ecosystem diversity. It is revealed that we need to protect not only the species but also genetic wealth and ecosystem processes. Preservation of diversity at the ecosystem level (for example, the protection of the food chain and energy flow) ensures the protection of all elements of biodiversity. Turkey has a very important place in the world in terms of ecosystem and species diversity since it takes place in the transition zone of Iran-Turan, Euro-Siberian and Mediterranean bio-geographies so that it has so many different climatic and topographical features. However, Turkey is one of the countries increasingly lost their natural habitat and its biodiversity is under threat. Both hosting high biodiversity, as well as being this biodiversity is under threat, Turkey is among the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world. Ecosystem-based research is necessary to examine natural resources and biodiversity management, which is very critical for our country, especially on the basis of aquatic, forest and steppe ecosystems and to lay the foundations of long-term monitoring infrastructure.
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Salinization experiment started (CLİM-SALTLAKES project)
CLIM-SALTLAKES experiment started at the METU Biology Mesocosm System on 9th of September. Experiment aims to address the effect of climate change and salinization on biodiversity and lake...
Our team was guest of Haberturk Teke Tek programme to discuss the extreme drought in Turkey
Our team leaders Prof. Meryem Beklioğlu and Prof. Erik Jeppesen discussed both local and global-scale water crisis at the recent "Teke Tek" programme hosted by Fatih altaylı on 22th August. During...
Recent Cyanobacteria Bloom at Lake Eymir
Cyanobacteria bloom (Microcystis aeruginosa) has observed yesterday at Lake Eymir during the biweekly monitoring programme performed by METU EKOSAM. Prof Meryem Beklioğlu spoke to Anadolu Ajansı...
Almost 40% of salty lakes were found to be dried:TUBİTAK 2232 CLIM-SALTLAKES project Konya and Burdur basin field surveys
The local field surveys of our TUBITAK 2232 project named CLIM-SALTLAKES where we investigate the impacts of climate change in salty and brakish waters are completed....