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Being established in 1868, KOERI (then, Imperial Observatory) has a tradition of science that encompasses the initiation of the formal meteorological observations in 1911 and also the start of the systematic seismological measurements in 1926 in the country. After annexation to Bogazici University (originally founded in 1863 in Istanbul as Robert College), KOERI has evolved into a multidisciplinary earthquake research organization providing graduate education under the Earthquake Engineering, Geophysics and Geodesy departments and encompassing earthquake observation, research and application services within a single, integrated body. The National Earthquake Observation Center of KOERI provides seismological observation services with its continuously expanding network distributed throughout Turkey. Currently, the 102-station network is operational with on-line connections. For the observation of seismicity in Northeast Turkey (Marmara) region 43 stations are used in several network configurations. Other stations, including 13 broadband stations are distributed throughout the country.

EED has started its activities in 1989 as a graduate department under KOERI of BU. The overall mandate of the department is to conduct graduate level training, research and implementation that will contribute to seismically safer structures, systems and environment. The department is the first and only academic unit in Turkey that can provide graduate level training on Earthquake Engineering leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Earthquake Engineering.

Earthquake Engineering can be viewed as a multi-phased process that ranges from the description of earthquake source process to seismic disaster mitigation procedures. Earthquake response analysis of site and structures and the assessment of the strong ground motion that will emanate from an earthquake constitute the two main ingredients of the discipline. The emphasis of our academic activities are placed on: Earthquake hazard and risk analysis; Development of urban earthquake damage scenarios; Characteristics of strong earthquake ground motion; Site and soil response analysis; Earthquake response of buildings, historical monuments, industrial facilities, bridges and dams; Soil-structure interaction; Dynamic testing of small-scale model and prototype structures; Retrofitting and post earthquake strengthening of structures; Damage evaluation and earthquake insurance; and the Development of earthquake resistant design codes.

KOERI-EED has played a leading role in Turkey for the advancement of the earthquake risk mitigation by taking part in the various National Committees (i.e. Turkish National Earthquake Council in the preparation of the report on National Strategies for Mitigating Earthquake Damage) in the nationally funded projects (i.e. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Earthquake Master Plan).

The Department of Earthquake Engineering enjoys close ties and exchange of students and faculty with relevant institutions throughout the world. These include several international organisations, university research centers and government establishments.

Listed below are the lecture courses offered to the MSc and PhD students.

  • Strong Ground Motion
  • Simulation of Strong Ground Motion
  • Structure Response Analysis
  • Site Response Analysis
  • Earthquake Resistant Design
  • Earthquake Physics and Hazard
  • Seismic Base Isolation
  • System Identification
  • Earthquake Wave Propagation
  • Experimental Methods in Earthquake Engineering
  • Soil Liquefaction
  • Methods of Seismic Microzonation


Kandilli Observatory And Earthquake
Research Institute
- Earthquake Engineering - NEMC - Astronomy
- Geodesy - CTBTO - Geomagnetism
- Geophysics - DZAM - Meteorology
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Boğaziçi Üniversitesi,
Kandilli Rasathanesi ve
Deprem Araştırma Enstitüsü,
34684, Çengelköy, İstanbul
Phone : 0216 5163600
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