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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2019, Vol 19, Num, 1     (Pages: 51-57)

Warming in Turkish Seas: Comparative Multidecadal Assessment

Fethi Bengil 1 ,Sinan Mavruk 2

1 Girne American University, Marine School - Earth System Science Research Center Girne, TRNC via Turkey
2 Çukurova University, Fisheries Faculty, Department of Marine Biology Balcalı, Adana Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v19_01_06 Viewed : 3399 - Downloaded : 3862 Although sea temperature characteristics and their variations in the Mediterranean and Black Seas have been studied at length over the course of different time periods and varied areas of spatial coverage, there remains no specific evaluation of Turkish Seas. This study provides an assessment of sea surface temperatures during a period between September 1981 and December 2014; conducted in order to understand characterization of the basic features and to enable description of linear and non-linear inter-annual patterns in Turkish seas: the northern Levantine Sea, the eastern Aegean Sea, the Marmara Sea and the southern Black Sea. The results of our study showed that there are significantly positive trends in all of the aforementioned regions, and that the rate of warming in the two colder basins, the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, was detected to be higher than the rate discovered found in the Aegean Sea and Levantine Sea. Keywords : Sea surface temperature, Trend analysis, The Black Sea, The Marmara Sea, The Mediterranean Sea