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1 1 Middle East Technical University Disaster Management Research Center (Established November 1997) Tel: (312) Fax: (312)

2 2 STEERING COMMITTEE Prof. Dr. Polat GÜLKAN, Department of Civil Engineering (Director) Prof. Dr. Murat BALAMİR, Department of Urban and Regional Planning Prof. Dr. Vedat DOYURAN, Department of Geological Engineering Prof. Dr. Nuray KARANCI, Department of Psychology Prof. Dr. Mehmet ECEVİT, Department of Sociology Prof. Dr. A. Cevdet YALÇINER, Department of Civil Engineering Prof. Dr. Tarık ŞENGÜL, Department of Public Administration

3 3 WHY A RESEARCH CENTER AT METU ON DISASTERS ? A DISASTER IS A COMPLEX SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THAT ARE OFTEN TRIGGERED BY AN EXTREME NATURAL OCCURRENCE THAT LEADS TO A SERIOUS BREAKDOWN IN THE WAY THAT THE COMMUNITY FUNCTIONS. THE DEGREE THAT THE COMMUNITY CANNOT COPE WITH THE EXIGENCIES BROUGHT ON IT DEFINES THE MAGNITUDE OF THE DISASTER. OFTEN IT IS COUPLED WITH WIDESPREAD HUMAN, MATERIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL LOSSES WHOSE RECOVERY PROCESS MAY TAKE YEARS TO ACCOMPLISH.

4 4 PRINCIPAL DRIVERS OF DISASTERS UNDERDEVELOPMENT UNCONTROLLED POPULATION GROWTH RAPID URBANIZATION CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IGNORANCE AND APATHY ARMED HUMAN CONFLICT

5 5 MANAGEMENT OF DISASTERS THE HOLISTIC EXPRESSION APPLIED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL DECISIONS TAKEN AT EVERY STAGE, INCLUDING FOR MITIGATION PRIOR TO DISASTER OCCURRENCE, OF RESPONDING OPERATIONALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACHIEVİNG SOCIETALLY ACCEPTABLE DISASTER PROTECTION. THIS INCLUDES SUSTAINED MITIGATION POLICIES

6 6 THE 2500-YEAR OLD CITY Sea of MarmaraGolden Horn Estuary Historic Peninsula Strait of İstanbul European SideAnatolian SideToward Bay of İzmit North

7 7 METU-DMC HAS BEEN A LEADER OR A PARTNER IN: LESSLOSS: An Integrated EU Project on Risk Mitigation for Earthquakes and Landslides Microzonation for Pilot Municipalities (MEER) ISMEP (İstanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project) Zeytinburnu Pilot Project (İBB) Bakırköy Pilot Project (MEER) Fatih (İBB) + Çekmece SeaHellArc (Seismic and Tsunami Risk Assessment and Mitigation in the Western Hellenic Arc): EU AFET-2005 exercise

8 8 METU-DMC ANNUAL ROUND TABLE MEETINGS (RTM) 9. RTM12 January RTM 20 January RTM 7 January RTM 16 January RTM28 March RTM 21 December RTM 19 January RTM 16 December RTM 4 December 1998

9 9 METU-DMC serves as a counsel for many public agencies in matters related to disaster mitigation and policy guidance. These have taken the form of parliamentary hearings, sponsored consultancy research and conferences. We interact with NGOs and other academic institutions in platforms where we have duties dictated by our mission. METU-DMC does not offer degree courses or award diplomas.

10 10 VISION FOR 2007 AND BEYOND İstanbul is under seismic threat. The city requires a sustained and long-term rebuilding program that is affordable and consensus-based. İstanbul is the base of the economic driving force for the country. There will be many programs related to risk mitigation in İstanbul.


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