Nilay Dogulu has always been fascinated by water and would often catch herself admiring the tranquillity before the rain or finding a harmony in the raindrops crashing down during a heavy storm. This fascination led Nilay to wonder about how the water moves on the Earth’s surface and why. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, she decided not to continue in that field. Instead, she followed her passion and pursued graduate studies in Hydrology and Hydroinformatics. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Water Resources Laboratory, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Nilay recognizes the great uncertainties that need to be overcome in climate, weather and hydrological sciences – all of which, in the end, should be reflected in the various services that these sciences provide to communities. Nilay acknowledges the challenges in communicating these uncertainties to communities, but also sees the opportunities for strengthening their resilience to climate, weather and hydrological extremes by increasing their meteorological and hydrological literacy. Nilay hopes to pave the way in her field for the active participation of society in climate, weather and hydrological risk management activities.
‘Jacob Bronowski says, “knowledge is an unending adventure at the end of uncertainty.’’ I am keen to continue living this adventure as much as possible to be able to understand nature along with its uncertainties.’
Nilay is grateful to the many great professors from around the world who supervised her during her academic career. As part of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Flood Risk Management, which she attended on a full scholarship, Nilay had the opportunity to learn a wealth of information on various aspects of floods in four different European universities: Technische Universitat Dresden (Germany); IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (Netherlands); Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain); and Univerza v Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Nilay believes that advancements in the hydrological sciences will depend – apart from high performance computing and advanced models with greater precision – on increasing the number of motivated and passionate researchers who can persistently tackle today’s scientific problems with devotion. In this respect, she believes in sustaining strong and motivated research groups in hydrology, especially in Turkey. Nilay is the current European Geosciences Union (EGU) Early Career Scientist Representative for Hydrological Sciences. She is also the Chair of the Young Hydrologic Society, a network aspiring to enable the active participation and integration of early career researchers in the global hydrological community.