Objective regional air pollution estimation model and its application over Istanbul urban area

Sen Z.

10th Regional IUAPPA Conference, İstanbul, Turkey, 23 - 26 September 1997, pp.389-395 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.389-395
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


An objective method is proposed for estimation of air pollutant concentrations at discrete points by making use of the amounts recorded at air pollution measurement sites. The basis of the methodology is to establish a relationship through the cumulative semivariogram technique between the distance ratios and the regional dependence structure of the pollutants. The estimation is achieved by considering areal weighted average procedure where the weights are functions of the distances between the estimation site and measurement stations. The proposed method is implemented for the sulfur dioxide and suspended particulate matter concentrations measured at 16 different sites scattered all over the Istanbul city urban area. The reliability of the method proposed is checked through the cross-validation procedure. The overall regional relative error between the observed and estimated concentrations remain less than 10 percent. The method can be used easily at any place in the world.