This Week's Departmental Seminar

Employment of UAVs in Watershed Management as Remote Sensing Tool

As a result of climate change and increasing water demand with population growth, sustainable management of water resources is now a vital necessity. Planning the wise usage of these resources had called for a holistic approach to the issue on a watershed basis. In order to assess the current situation of water bodies or to foresee possible treats to these resources, it is necessary to examine the landscape, water network and developments of the watershed. This requires efficient tools that would help quantifying and qualifying water resources and identifying the surroundings. Collecting data and analyzing it for decision making processes is of paramount importance for integrated watershed management (IWM). To achieve this, IWM involves employment of different computer tools combined. These tools are needed to map, monitor and simulate the catchment. In order to gather data both about water quality and land use type in the field, remote sensing (RS) technologies holds great potential. A type of RS technology, usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) such as drones, promise powerful results in this manner. It is possible to obtain fine scale images of the basin with UAVs in a cost-effective way. They can be better candidates than satellites in image gathering depending on the field of application. Moreover, data obtained with these machines can be interpreted in geographic information system (GIS) tools. UAVs can be a significant tool in IWM when combined with GIS and mathematical modeling.

by Mert Erkanlı

Date: 16.05.2018

Time: 15:40
Place: Department of Environmental Engineering, CZ-14


Investigation of Sources and Fate of Toxic Chemicals Used by Textile and Leather Industries in Büyük Menderes River Basin

Büyük Menderes River Basin is one of the 25 river basins in Turkey and is the 7th largest in Turkey in terms of population. There are 10 provinces within the boundaries of the basin, and Aydın (95%), which is located in the foreground when the percentage of the area entering the boundaries of the provinces is considered; Denizli (70%) and Uşak (68%). The basin is rich in biodiversity and has conservation priority species. Ten protection areas attract attention in the basin and there are seven wetlands including the Bafa Lake, the B. Menderes Delta and the Isikli Lake as the International Important Wetland Area criteria. In addition, due to its importance in terms of ecology and water resources, this basin is one of the four pilot basins for which river basin management plans are conducted by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Management. The basin has also socio-economic importance, especially in terms of industry, agriculture and energy production. Economic sectors emerging in the foreground are export oriented textile, leather, agriculture, geothermal energy, tourism and fishery. Among these sectors, textile and leather industry and their production at 13 different organized industrial zones in Büyük Menderes River Basin gather attention since a variety of specialized toxic chemicals are used during production. Considering the significance of the region in terms environmental protection, human health and biodiversity, purpose of this study is to investigate of sources and fate of toxic chemicals used in textile and leather industry in the Büyük Menderes River Basin.

by Engin Koç

Date: 16.05.2018

Time: 15:40
Place: Department of Environmental Engineering, CZ-14