Title: Interaction between air pollution and meteorological parameters in Erzurum, Turkey

Authors: Ensar Oguz, M. Dursun Kaya, Yasar Nuhoglu

Addresses: Ataturk University Environmental Problems Research Center, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey. Ataturk University, Vocational College of Erzurum, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey. Ataturk University Engineering Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey

Abstract: In recent years, the rapid increase in population density has caused increases in the consumption of fuel, and the outdoor air quality has deteriorated in the crowded urban areas of Turkey. Erzurum, a city in the eastern part of Turkey, is influenced by air pollutants such as SO2 and suspended particles. It is known that, in general, the air pollution concentrations have a close relationship with meteorological factors. In this study, the relationship between outdoor air quality data and meteorological factors, such as wind speed, rainfall, temperature, sunshine hours and relative humidity, is statistically analysed, using the code SPSS. According to the results obtained through multiple linear regression analysis, there are moderate levels of correlation between SO2 and particle concentrations and meteorological factors in Erzurum.

Keywords: air pollution; Erzurum; meteorological factors; Turkey.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2003.003312

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2003 Vol.19 No.3, pp.292 - 300

Available online: 21 Aug 2003 *

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