Professor Murat Türkes was born in Hakkari on 23 June 1957. He graduated from the Department of Physical Geography and Geology of the Ankara University, as a geomorphologist, in 1981, and had also got master degree at the same department on synoptic climatology in 1985. Then, he received his PH degree from the Department of Climatology/Meteorology, in the Institute of the Marine Sciences and Geography of the University of Istanbul. In the past, he had worked for the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) for about 23 years from December 1981 to May 2004. During his working for the TSMS, he had been responsible for the Climate Change Unit of the Department of Research for about nine years. He had also been responsible in following up the scientific and intergovernmental activities implemented by United Nations, in particular those by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He had also been the Turkish technical participant to the UNFCCC before and after the Rio Conference held on June 1992. Professor Murat Türkes has been working for the Department of Geography (Physical Geography Division) at the Çanakkale University since 14 May 2004. His present positions are of Member of the University Senate (Senator) on behalf of the Faculty of Sciences and Arts, Representative of the Professors to the Faculty Committee, and full time lecturer and Professor at the Department of Geography. He has had various studies in the field of climatic change and variability, drought events, arid regions and desertification in Turkey for a long time. His main areas of expertise have involved mainly the physical geography and geology, climatology and meteorology; climate change and variability; drought and desertification; natural hazards; UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol; energy policies and environmental protection; sustainable development and climate change, etc.
Biography Updated on 15 August 2011