Air Pollution and Quality Level in Metropolitan Turkey for Sustainable life

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Toros H., Hakan E., Özkan Ç., Özer B., Esra D., Öztürk A. İ.

Avrupa Bilim ve Teknoloji Dergisi, vol.1, no.1, pp.12-18, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: Avrupa Bilim ve Teknoloji Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.12-18
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Turkey has had significant improvements in her economy over the last decades. Although, Turkey's air quality constantly improves every year, air pollution problem still continues in Turkey. Descriptive statistics was carried out for three years hourly average of PM10, SO2, NO2 and O3 concentrations of 16 metropolitan cities in Turkey. The frequency distribution of daily average of PM10 concentration of all cities occurs within 59% at 20–60 µgm-3 range. Daily average of SO2 concentration is about 84% below 20µgm-3 . The study also indicated that 44% of NO2 and 59% of O3 were below the levels of 45 µgm-3 and 30 µgm-3 , respectively. The result of this study is expected to benefit the legislators, scientists and government personnel about controlling and reducingemissions by developing a long-term air quality management strategy and create more public awareness for the prevention of consumption.