The Department of Civil Engineering invited Dr. Merih Kerestecioğlu in an open forum on the climate change at the premises of Epoka University.
Mr. Kerestecioğlu, having B. Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara and an M. Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering at Bosphorus University, Istanbul, has completed his PhD studies in Environmental Management at Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Kerestecioğlu is not only a successful professional but bears also many years of academic experience. He has taught for more than 15 years in the Department of Environmental Engineering at METU and in several universities in Thailand as well. Worth mentioning are numerous publications and being the author of three books, as well as the ownership of one patent for wastewater treatment. Of great importance is the fact that he has worked as an executive member in the Environmental Committee of FIDIC (Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils) and in the Sustainable Development Committee of EFCA (European Federation of Consulting Associations).
Dr. Kerestecioğlu addressed the students and staff of Epoka University by making a presentation on large scale results of the IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) studies regarding the global warming. He introduced a neat and up-to-date view of the current state of the scientific knowledge relevant to the climate change. In his presentation, through practical graphics, tables and figures he conveyed the fact that the climate has changed and keeps changing over time. According to him, the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. He also mentioned that 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.
In this forum students from different departments and staff as well were introduced to various facts through figures about the climate change and global warming effects, which is relatively a new issue for Albania.