Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 131, Issue 1–3, pp 371–376 | Cite as

Surface Water Quality Assessment by Environmetric Methods

  • Hülya Boyacioglu
  • Hayal Boyacioglu


This environmetric study deals with the interpretation of river water monitoring data from the basin of the Buyuk Menderes River and its tributaries in Turkey. Eleven variables were measured to estimate water quality at 17 sampling sites. Factor analysis was applied to explain the correlations between the observations in terms of underlying factors. Results revealed that, water quality was strongly affected from agricultural uses. Cluster analysis was used to classify stations with similar properties and results distinguished three groups of stations. Water quality at downstream of the river was quite different from the other part. It is recommended to involve the environmetric data treatment as a substantial procedure in assessment of water quality data.


Buyuk Menderes River Cluster analysis Factor analysis Factor-loading matrix Water quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental EngineeringDokuz Eylul UniversityIzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of Science, Department of StatisticsEge UniversityIzmirTurkey

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