Investigation of the Effect of Corona Virus Outbreak Measures on Atmospheric PM Values for Konya City Centre

Author(s): Alaa Motar Shayia1, Huseyin Toros2, Mustafa Sagdic3, Sukru DURSUN4
  • 1. Atmospheric Sciences Dept., College of Science, Mustansiryiah University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2. Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Department of Meteorology, Maslak, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 3. Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Education, Department of Social Sciences and Turkish Education, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 4. Konya Technical University, Engineering and Natural Science Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department, 42003 Konya, Turkey

Abstract: This present study is to investigate the change in atmospheric particulate matter values of curfews taken due to the corona virus outbreak in Konya city center. In this study, PM10 pollutant data was used in Konya city center data of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. The period in which strict measures were taken in the study was compared with the period between 16 March 2020 and 15 April 2020 before and after. In addition, seasonal conditions, 2020 epidemic period data and normal period 2018 and 2019 data were also compared. As a result, because the vast majority of living in major cities in the epidemic period of restrictions in Turkey Konya seen the positive effects on air quality in the city center it has been found to be examined in PM10. It was revealed that the measures taken in the period of virus outbreak, curtailment of traffic and reduction of industrial activities caused a remarkable improvement in air quality. Considering the measures and improvements in air quality, it is considered to be worth investigating how the measures should be evaluated in the coming periods in combating air pollution.