Istanbul, Institute of Marine Sciences and Management
INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCES

Turkey
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Middle East Technical University
P. O. Box 28 - Ycel
33731 Erdemli   MERSIN-TURKEY
Tel : + 90 324 521 34 34
Fax : + 90 324 521 23 27
Email : adminims@metu.edu.tr
Web Site : www.ims.metu.edu.tr
Director : Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kideyş

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring
other:

Main sectors of research
coastal ecology, living resources (e.g. fisheries, aquaculture), microbiology, land-ocean interactions, water quality & pollution, atmospheric dynamics & transport, climate & climate change, ocean-atmosphere interactions, ocean circulation, paleoenvironments, sediments & sedimentary processes
Current major projects

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 17 others : 20

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 370 teaching : 100
others : 2600

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 50 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 3
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
* the Institute's main research ship, R/V 'Bilim' was designed as an oceanographic vessel and was launched in 1983 ; steel hull, length : 40.36 m ; beam : 9.47 m ; tonnage : 433 gross, 190 net tons ; draft : 3.80 m ; speed : 11.5 knots max., 9.5 knots cruising, 1.0 knot min ; range : 6500 miles ; propulsion : MWM diesel, 820 HP, variable-pitch propeller, schafran bridge control unit, fuel capacity 120 m3 ; GPS is used for navigation ; the vessel also has conventional radars with 60 and 30 miles range ; the ship has central air conditioning and heating ; the R/V 'Bilim' has quarters for a crew of 12, and can support a scientific party of 14 for a period of about 45 days at sea ; the vessel is fully equiped for stock assessment studies ;
* R/V 'Lamas' : trawler, used in biological and fisheries surveys, built in 1981; gross tons : 28 ; net tons : 7.65 ; 10 knots max speed ; length : 16 m ; crew : 4 ; scientists : 4 ;
* R/V 'Erdemli' : used extensively for coastal oceanographic research ; wooden hull, built in 1979 ; length : 17 m ; crew : 4 ; scientists : 5

Other major research facilities and equipment
Major field and laboratory equipment :
spectrophotometers, spectrogluorometer, gas chromatography, carbon analyzer, C-14 measuring system, spectroradiometer, microscopes, dryers, vacuum pumps, acoustic Doppler current profiler, fisheries echo sounder, benthos mini-rover MK II, four channels autoanalyzer, side scan sonar, uniboom, gravity corer, grab sampler, automatic weather station, plankton nets, hydraulic control fish nets, diving equipment, etc.
Data processing and computing unit
Satellite image acquisition and processing unit :
the capabilities of the satellite image acquisition and processing center of the institute improved significantly through acquisition of real time HRPT/AVHRR pictures from NOAA : the system is capable of receiving data from an area extending from the Arabian to the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the east of the Caspian Sea on a daily basis. The system is also capable of producing sea surface temperature charts. The Institute is also one of the authorized center to receive Sea WIFS data of the SEASTAR satellite.
The remote sensing laboratories of the institute are equiped with a UNIX based work station and various Pentium, 486 and 386 computers operating under LAN.
Processing systems :
mapiX Ocean AVHRR processing system ;
SEAPAK satellite image processing system for analyses of acquired high resolution AVHRR (TIROS-N) and past CZCS (Nimbus-7) images.


Ecosystem types available nearby
marine ecosystem (coastal zone, pelagic environment, benthic environment), estuaries, lagoons

Areas of taxonomic expertise
NE Mediterranean, Black Sea, Sea of Marmara

Specimen collections
yes no
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Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
2900 m2 : 2 apartments units, 100 m each ; 1 small house, 50 m ; 3 small units, 30 m each

Training courses
yes no
workshops

Capacity and brief description of library
books : 2900 ; current journals subscription : 32 ; total bounded journals : 2500 ; reports of the Institute : 260 ; total n of serials : 2500 ; reprints : 7700 ;
the Institute library has specialized holdings of books, periodicals, institute's technical reports, regional maps, and reprints pertaining to marine sciences

Type of research institution
  governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:

 

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