Boğaziçi University Center for Climate Change and Policy Studies (iklimBU) was officially founded in 2014. Including researchers from different disciplines such as Physics, Environmental Sciences, Economics, Geography, and Tourism, the iklimBU conducts interdisciplinary researches about the impacts of climate change and policies on the geography we live in and on neighboring regions such as Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Central Asia and carries out supportive studies for the implementation of these researches as well.
iklimBU aims to provide insight into the impacts and risks of climate change on the geography we live in and on neighboring countries located in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, and Central Asia and to support policy makers with these foresights by making contribution to the solution proposals in areas such as renewable energy, emission reductions, adaptation in agriculture, and potential impact studies of extreme climate events.
iklimBU is also responsible for the domains of Central Asia, the MENA, and Australasia under the International Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX). iklimBU produces high-resolution regional climate model outputs to assess how it will change the future of the climate in the regions such as Central Asia, the MENA, Australasia, the Mediterranean, Turkey, Cyprus, and their sub-regions. Furthermore, these climate outputs are used to investigate the impacts of climate changed-induces extreme events on agriculture, tourism, water resources, drought, socio-economic factors such as migration.
In addition to all these, iklimBU carries out activities to train master and doctoral students, to develop joint projects on climate change and policies in national and international platforms by promoting interdisciplinary research activities and establishing collaborations, to organize informative trainings on relevant units of public and private sectors, to make contribution to the literature through the establishment of a sustainable information platform on climate change and climate change risks. Besides, the creation of an up-to-date database on climate change and policies, the use of the database in interdisciplinary research, the sharing of information with relevant institutions and individuals through conferences and/or seminars, and the transformation of information into publications are among the ongoing activities of the iklimBU.