29 January Tuesday

Mayor Uysal: “Antarctica Science Camp will be a source of inspiration for other scientific studies”

Istanbul’s Governor Ali Yerlikaya, Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mevlut Uysal and relatives of team members bid farewell to the group of “3rd National Antarctic Science Expedition”.

Mayor Mevlüt Uysal pointed out that the team will carry out research in a freezing temperature at 20 Celsius's degrees. “I believe that the scientific research they will carry out there will inspire other scientific studies in our country. I wish success to the outgoing team,” Uysal said.

“Our team have stayed in the temporary bases for 30-40 days for three years. They conduct successful works on the temporary base they established and return to our country,” Yerlikaya said.

“I hope this year's visit will pave the way for a permanent base [in Antarctica].”

A team of Turkish scientists will start their journey to Antarctica today to set up a national base for scientific research.

The 3rd National Antarctic Science Expedition team of 11 scientists will carry out scientific research in several fields over a 30-day period.

A total of 25 people, including 17 Turkish and eight foreign participants, will take part in the expedition. A team from Anadolu Agency will be among them to cover the scientific research on the ground.

The project is being supported by the Turkish Presidency, Ministry of Industry and Technology, and Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center as well as eight other Turkish universities.

Sahika Ercumen, an internationally renowned Turkish diver will also travel with the team. She will be the first Turkish woman to dive without air tanks in Antarctica, she announced earlier this month.

She will join the team of the 3rd National Antarctic Science Expedition which will look into the establishment of Turkey's scientific bases in Antarctica. The team is being supported by the Turkish Presidency, Ministry of Industry and Technology, and Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center.

Ercumen will reach the pole in 30 days on a ship which will not have access to mobile phones or the internet.

Her journey will be filmed in a documentary.

The nine-time record breaker diver said she would not try to break world records in this project.

She broke a world freediving record in the variable weight without fins discipline in 2016 off the coast of the Mediterranean resort town of Kas.

Turkish officials suggest the expedition will also pave the way for a permanent Turkish presence on the continent.

Antarctica has been serving as a scientific research zone since a 1959 treaty. Turkey is a signatory of the treaty signed in Washington.

The lowest temperature recorded on the coldest continent in 1983 was at minus 89 degrees Celsius. The temperatures reach up to minus 15 degrees Celsius in the summer.

Turkey's first research center in Antarctica, the Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center was founded in 2015. The mission of the center is to carry out research on Antarctica, raising Turkey's profile in the international scientific community.

In April 2016, the first-ever Turkish team of researchers, 14 medics, botanists, geologists and oceanographers from seven universities, traveled to Antarctica to study the impact of climate change.

The scientists had told Anadolu Agency that the research is important to collect information on climate change and the world's future.

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