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Evaluation of Istanbul from the environmental components' perspective: what has changed during the pandemic?

Authors
  • Sönmez, Vildan Zülal1
  • Ayvaz, Coşkun2
  • Ercan, Nevra3
  • Sivri, Nüket2
  • 1 Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey. [email protected] , (Turkey)
  • 2 Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey. , (Turkey)
  • 3 Department of Chemical Engineering, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey. , (Turkey)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
May 30, 2022
Volume
194
Issue
7
Pages
462–462
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10661-022-10105-9
PMID: 35644795
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study aims to determine the 1-year change over the pandemic period in Istanbul, the megacity with the highest population in Turkey, based on environmental components. Among the environmental topics, water consumption habits, changes in air quality, changes due to noise elements, and most importantly, the changes in usage habits of disposable plastic materials that directly affect health have been revealed. The results obtained showed that, in Istanbul, 8.1 × 108 gloves should be considered waste, and considering the population living in districts along coastal areas, the number of waste masks that are likely to end up in the sea was 325.648 pieces/day. The results of the air quality and noise measurements during the pandemic showed that reductions in parallel with human activities were recorded with the lockdown effect. The average noise values of the districts along both sides of the Bosporus, where urbanization is concentrated, were between 50 and 59 dB. The precautions taken during the pandemic have had an effective role in reducing air pollution in Istanbul. In the measurements, the parameters with effective reductions were PM10 (7-47%), PM2.5 (13-48%), NO2 (13-38%), and SO2 (10-56%). As a result, Istanbul's year of changes during the pandemic period, in terms of water, air, noise, and solid plastic wastes, which are the most important components of the environment, is presented. © 2022. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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