Atmospheric lead concentrations near roadways in a suburban part of Istanbul

Ferhat Karaca, Omar Alagha, Ferruh Ertürk

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In this study, daily aerosol samples of fine (PM2.5) and coarse (PM2.5-10) particles were collected at Büyükçekmece (41°2'35'N, 28°35'25'E), a sub-urban part of Istanbul, Turkey. Sampling area is under the impact of two main transport arteries, namely the Trans European Motorway (TEM) and E5 motorways. Atmospheric lead levels measured in this study were compared with those reported previously from various locations in Turkey and other parts of the world. These values lie midway between those typical of remote and urban sites. The data were statistically evaluated to determine seasonal changes. Then, wind sector analysis was carried out. The analysis showed that the major proportion of the episodes, about 54%, was generated from the direction of TEM motorway, located to the north, while the second major lead source, with a contribution of 20%, was found to be the direction of E-5 motorway, located to the south.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-50
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Environment and Pollution
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Air quality
  • Atmospheric emissions
  • Atmospheric lead
  • Fine and coarse particles
  • Meteorology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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