"An Inevitable Destiny - The Climate Change" Open Forum by Dr. Merih Kerestecioğlu

May 28th, 2015

"An Inevitable Destiny - The Climate Change" Open Forum by Dr. Merih Kerestecioğlu

Dr. Kerestecioğlu was invited from the Department of Civil Engineering as a guest speaker to have an open lesson on the climate change topic: “An inevitable destiny- Climate change

Dr. Kerestecioğlu is a Chemical Engineer graduated from Middle East Technical University with an MS degree in Environmental Engineering form Bosporus University.  He had his PhD form Istanbul Technical University in Environmental Management. Following the graduation he worked as a professional consultant in wastewater and waste management. He chaired several leading Turkish Environmental Consultancy Companies such as System Planlama, United International Consultants (UBM) and COWI Turkey.

Beside his professional career Mr. Kerestecioglu lectured for the Environmental Engineering Design in Environmental Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University for 15 years in addition to his academic activities in several universities in Thailand.

He is author of several publications, three books and owns one patent for wastewater treatment. 

He worked as an executive member in the Environmental Committee of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and in the Sustainable Development Committee of the European Federation of Consulting Associations (EFCA).  

Currently, he is a Director of “COWI Consult – Denmark”, co-managing “Infrastructural Project Facility-4” of “Western Balkans Investment Framework”, an initiative of EC to assist to Western Balkan Countries including Albania for accession to investment funds.

In his lesson, he presented the large scale result of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) studies on global warming. He exposed a clear and up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.

By presenting a variety of graphics, tables and pictures, he make a broad display of how the earth's climate has changed and is continuing changing over time. Throughout the earth's history, there have been periods of glaciation followed by warming trends in which the glaciers retreated toward higher altitudes and latitudes. 

He emphasized that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased. 

Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic GHG concentrations. It is likely that there has been significant anthropogenic warming over the past 50 years averaged over each continent. 

Global atmospheric concentrations of CO2, methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) have increased markedly as a result of human activities and now far exceed pre-industrial values determined from ice cores spanning many thousands of years. Anthropogenic warming over the last three decades has likely had a discernible influence at the global scale on observed changes in many physical and biological systems.

At present, the climate change education is still a peripheral in both research and practice. This topics is a new issue for Albanian and education on the prevention and measures to reduce the global warming effect it is of great importance. In this context, the audience was extremely interested in his speech and on the facts presented.