Use Of Cluster Analysis To Evaluate Surface Water Quality: An Application From Downstream Of MeriÁ River Basin (Edirne, Turkey)
MeriÁ Delta is one of the most important wetlands of the world in terms of especially native and migratory bird species. Gala Lake is located on the MeriÁ Delta and it was declared as national park in 2005. The Irrigation Canal coming from MeriÁ River and feeding the Gala Lake is being used for agricultural activities around the region that it passes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the water quality of Gala Lake and the Irrigation Canal by a statistical perspective, using Cluster Analysis (CA) by investigating some lymnological parameters (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, turbidity, nitrite, nitrate, ammonium, sulfate, phosphate, chloride, fluoride, COD, TOC and BOD).
Keywords - MeriÁ Delta, Gala Lake, Irrigation Canal, Cluster Analysis, Water Quality.