Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolga Gorum

e.mail: tgorum[at] itu.edu.tr
phone: +90 212 285 61 08
researchgate link: researchgate.net/profile/Tolga_Gorum

Research interests:

As a geomorphologist, I am interested in understanding and improving the current knowledge of mass wasting processes in different tectonic and geomorphic environments, their role in sculpting the landscapes and mountain range evolution as a limiting factor for topographic development. In this respect, I am working on linking long-term variability of erosion rates and landslide episodes at regional and local scales. I am using modern tools such as LIDAR and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in addition to the field based observations and measurements, geospatial technologies, geomorphic mapping, morphometric analysis and radiometric dating techniques (e.g. Cosmogenic, OSL) for erosion-process deciphering. In addition, considering that my secondary field of expertise is landslide science, I seek for ways to apply soft computing techniques (e.g. Fuzzy Logic, Decision Tree Methods) to improve the landslide susceptibility and hazard models for a safer environment. 


2018- Assistant Prof., Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, ITU (Turkey).
2015-2018, Assistant Prof., Department of Geography, Istanbul University.
2013-2015, Res. Asst. Natural Sciences Research Center, Yildiz Technical Univeristy (Turkey).
2008–2013, PhD, the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) University of Twente, (The Netherlands). 
2003–2006, MSc, Department of Geography (Physical Geography), Istanbul University (Turkey).
1999-2003, BSc, Department of Geography, Istanbul University (Turkey).


Most important 5 publications:

Gorum, T., and E. J. M. Carranza. "Control of style-of-faulting on spatial pattern of earthquake-triggered landslides." International journal of environmental science and technology 12, no. 10 (2015): 3189-3212. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-015-0752-y 

Gorum, T., Korup, O., van Westen, C. J., van der Meijde, M., Xu, C., & van der Meer, F. D. (2014). Why so few? Landslides triggered by the 2002 Denali earthquake, Alaska. Quaternary Science Reviews, 95, 80-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.04.032 

Gorum, T., van Westen, C. J., Korup, O., van der Meijde, M., Fan, X., & van der Meer, F. D. (2013). Complex rupture mechanism and topography control symmetry of mass-wasting pattern, 2010 Haiti earthquake. Geomorphology, 184, 127-138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.11.027 

Gorum, T., Fan, X., van Westen, C. J., Huang, R. Q., Xu, Q., Tang, C., & Wang, G. (2011). Distribution pattern of earthquake-induced landslides triggered by the 12 May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Geomorphology, 133(3-4), 152-167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.12.030 

Gorum, T., Gonencgil, B., Gokceoglu, C., & Nefeslioglu, H. A. (2008). Implementation of reconstructed geomorphologic units in landslide susceptibility mapping: the Melen Gorge (NW Turkey). Natural Hazards, 46(3), 323-351. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-007-9190-6 


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