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Murat Eyvaz

Gebze Technical University

Dr. Eyvaz is a pioneering researcher in environmental sciences and engineering, he has co-authored numerous journal articles and conference papers and has taken part in many national projects. Dr. Eyvaz is a holder of four registered patents.


Ahmed Albahnasawi

Gebze Technical University

Dr. Albahnasawi is a pioneering researcher in civil engineering, environmental sciences, and engineering, he was a doctoral researcher at Gebze Technical University thanks to the full scholarship he earned in 2016.

Mesut Tekbaş

Gebze Technical University

Dr. Tekbas is a pioneering researcher in environmental sciences and engineering, his research interests include waste management, supercritical oxidation processes, and process intensification.

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Ercan Gürbulak

Gebze Technical University

Dr. Gürbulak is a pioneering researcher in environmental sciences and engineering, his research interests include waste management, supercritical oxidation processes, and process intensification.


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About the book

Drought is generally defined as a prolonged period of dry weather caused by a lack of precipitation that results in severe water shortages for some activities, populations, or ecological systems. The deterioration of the balance between precipitation and evaporation and the long duration of this situation can also be considered as drought. Drought types, which are divided into main types such as meteorological, agricultural, hydrological, and socioeconomic, adversely affect many environmental components such as soil processes, vegetation growth, wildlife, water quality, and aquatic ecosystems. While drought has unfavorable impacts on both surface and groundwater resources, hydrological regimes can also be affected by it, changing the chemistry of surface waters and the runoff pathway, which can negatively influence water quality. While drought appears as one of the main consequences of changes in ecosystem and climate, the consumption of water used for domestic, industrial, and agricultural purposes has increased by 15% in the last two decades, and today one out of every three people is faced with the drought and water shortage risk, thus water scarcity and water stress.

In this book, studies on the drought that can occur in various forms and severity in almost every region of the world and its causes will be included, and many factors from climate change to temperature increase, from evaporation to transpiration, from precipitation to soil moisture will be examined. The social and economic effects of drought will be revealed. Research on drought forecasting, models, geographic information, and remote sensing systems and indices will also be included. Most importantly, a series of measures for fighting against drought will form the content of the book, which is open for submissions on recommendations from household-specific recycling/reuse practices to approaches in basins and wetlands, to reduce water footprints. Thus, the complex drought phenomenon, which has a significant impact on water resources, agriculture, energy production, human health, and forest fires, will be analyzed in detail.

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Date completed: September 17th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: December 14th 2021

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Review results due: March 4th 2022

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Expected publication date: May 3rd 2022

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About the editor

Murat Eyvaz

Gebze Technical University

Dr. Murat Eyvaz is an associate professor of the Environmental Engineering Department at Gebze Technical University. He received his BSc. degree in Environmental Engineering from Kocaeli University in Turkey in 2004. He completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D., 2013 at Gebze Institute of Technology (former name of GTU) in Environmental Engineering. He completed his post-doctoral research in the National Research Center on Membrane Technologies in 2015. His research interests are applications in water and wastewater treatment facilities, electrochemical treatment processes, and filtration systems at the lab. and pilot scale, membrane processes (forward osmosis, reverse osmosis, membrane bioreactors), membrane manufacturing methods (polymeric membranes, nanofiber membranes, electrospinning), spectrophotometric analyses (UV, atomic absorption spectrophotometry), chromatographic analyses (gas chromatography, high-pressure liquid chromatography). He has co-authored many journal articles and conference papers and has taken part in many national projects. He serves as an editor in 51 journals and a reviewer in 125 journals indexed in SCI, SCI-E, and other indexes. He has 4 patents on wastewater treatment systems.

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