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METEOROLOGICAL VARIABLES OF KONYA CLOSED BASIN AND CONDITION OF TUZ LAKE

AUTHOR/S: S. DOGAN, H. TURE, A. BERKTAY
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2009

9th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2009, www.sgem.org, SGEM2009 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 14-19, 2009, Vol. 2, 211-218 pp

ABSTRACT

The average pattern of weather, called climate, usually stays pretty much the same for
centuries if it is left to itself. However, the earth is not being left alone. There is now
very strong evidence that significant global warming can’t be explained by natural
causes alone. Humans are changing the climate by their actions, especially through
emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, which artificially warm the
atmosphere of the earth. Scientific studies showed that climate change is fact not a myth
or speculation.

The meteorology of Konya Closed Basin which covers pretty large area in central
Turkey has been analyzed in this paper. Required data for the analyses acquired from
the sixteen meteorological stations located in Konya Closed Basin for the period of
1975-2008. The meteorological variables such as pressure, temperature, precipitation,
humidity and wind velocity are selected to explain basin’s meteorology in detail.
Especially analyses of temperature and precipitation data are indicator to understand
global warming effects.

Another aim of this study is to show the shrinkage of Tuz (Salt) Lake which is situated
in north part of Konya Closed Basin. Water quantity is getting low day by day and the
surface of Tuz Lake shrinks gradually.

Keywords: Climate Change, Meteorology, Konya Closed Basin, Precipitation