A Short-Term Flow Rate Change of the Meriç River

Kürşat Şekerci, Muhammed Cihat Tuna


The Meriç River (Meriç Bridge) at the 1st km of the Edirne province-Karaağaç road in our country is one of the largest rivers born in the Balkans. It is also the 10th largest river in Turkey. Meriç is known as a raging river. The flow rate is sometimes quite high and even damages the settlements located on the coasts. One of the most distinctive features of the Meriç River is the amount of water it carries. The amount of water carried by Meriç varies according to the season. The river, which flows very heavily during the winter months, follows a calmer course in the summer months. By the General Directorate of Electrical Works and Survey Administration, flow measurements were made in the Meriç Bridge section of the Meriç river in the 2006 and 2011 water years. The readings were carried out on a daily basis, starting from October of the relevant year and until September of the following year, that is, during a water year, by the General Directorate of Electrical Works Survey Administration. In my study, the maximum flows obtained by the relevant institution from these readings for each month were used. In this study, the data of the relevant public institution was used. Considering the maximum flows read by the relevant public institution in 2006 and 2011, the flow change of the river in 5 years was examined. As a result, it has been observed that the maximum flow carried by the river at intervals of 5 years have decreased significantly.


Meriç river, Meriç bridge, flow rate, water year

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