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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New publication: "Freshwater salinisation: a research agenda for a saltier world"
Members of our team published new research article identifying the main gaps of recent freshwater salinisation research. Here is the link of the article proposing a research agenda for...
AQUACOSM-plus Project as a Success Story
AQUACOSM-plus project is published as a Success Story by TÜBİTAK Horizon Europe: AQUACOSM-plus success story
TRT interviews with AQUACOSM-Plus and CLIM-SALTLAKES Team Regarding the experiment
Turkish Radio Television (TRT) had an interview with our AQUACOSM-Plus and CLIM-SALTLAKES team at the METU Biology Mesocosm System regarding the project objectives. Here is the video of the...
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...