Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences

Call for Special Issue on Polar Science - NEW!

The inevitable impacts of extreme weather events, together with the incremental growth of population and the increase in the exploitation of natural resources, have continued to imperil the sustainability of natural resources and processes on Earth. The polar regions, as a critical component of global climate change, are under the threat of such irremediable catastrophe. Therefore, scientific communities worldwide have mostly directed their attention to exploring the polar regions with special reference to Antarctica and the Arctic.

Türkiye has officially participated in polar research since 2017 when the first Turkish Antarctic Expedition under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye and supported by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology was conducted. However, the polar research in Türkiye goes back to the 1960s and since then many Turkish researchers have made their individual scientific contributions. In pursuit of the İTÜ Polar Research Centre (2015), the Polar Research Institute under the umbrella of the TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Centre (TÜBİTAK PRI) was established in 2019, and six National Antarctic Science Expeditions (TAE) and two National Arctic Science Expeditions (TASE) were organized. The TÜBİTAK PRI has also provided an opportunity for Turkish researchers and their international collaborators in many disciplines (e.g., Earth Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, and Social and Human Sciences) to carry out their research in Antarctica and the Arctic (a total of 66 projects) and reinforced the role of Türkiye in these regions. The TÜBİTAK PRI, as a young institute, has achieved significant progress up to date, and much more will be made in the near future as climate change studies become more crucial. Earth Sciences has a critical role in this situation to better understand the past and future evolution of such remote and intact regions.

This special issue entitled “Advances in Earth Sciences towards a better understanding of the polar regions”, as an initiative to commemorate the five decades of Turkish researchers’ activities in the polar regions (dedicated to the honour and memory of Atok Karaali), aims to publish original research articles preferably encompassing the following topics:

Research topics

  • Tectonics and geodynamics
  • Marine geology and geophysics
  • Glaciology (e.g., snow, sea-ice, permafrost)
  • Remote sensing (e.g., InSAR, GNSS, UAV)
  • Sedimentology and palaeontology
  • Palaeo- and neoclimate modelling
  • Coastal geology and geomorphology
  • Petrology, volcanology, and geochronology

If you would like to participate in this special issue, please submit the abstract of your work (maximum 2 pages) including a tentative title and list of authors to the issue Editor-in-Chief Prof Dr Burcu Özsoy (kare@tubitak.gov.tr) by 11 November 2022. The deadline for manuscript submission is 31 March 2023.


  • Abstract submission (maximum 2 pages): 15/11/2022
  • Preliminary evaluation: 31/12/2022
  • Final manuscript submission of the selected abstract: 31/03/2023

Guest editors

Burcu Özsoy (Guest Editor-in-Chief)
TÜBİTAK MAM Polar Research Institute, Istanbul Technical University

H. Hakan Yavaşoğlu
TÜBİTAK MAM Polar Research Institute, Istanbul Technical University

Yeadong Kim
Korea Polar Research Institute, President of Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Stefan Kern
Hamburg University

Naki Akçar
University of Bern (Switzerland)