Use Of Cluster Analysis To Evaluate Surface Water Quality: An Application From Downstream Of Meric River Basin (Edirne, Turkey)
Meric 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 Meric Delta and it was declared as national park in 2005. The Irrigation Canal coming
from Meric 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 - Meriç Delta, Gala Lake, Irrigation Canal, Cluster Analysis, Water Quality.