Proposing and investigating PCAMARS as a novel model for NO2 interpolation

Mohsen Yousefzadeh, M. Farnaghi, Petter Pilesjö, Ali Mansourian*

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Effective measurement of exposure to air pollution, not least NO2, for epidemiological studies along with the need to better management and control of air pollution in urban areas ask for precise interpolation and determination of the concentration of pollutants in nonmonitored spots. A variety of approaches have been developed and used. This paper aims to propose, develop, and test a spatial predictive model based on multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS) and principle component analysis (PCA) to determine the concentration of NO2 in Tehran, as a case study. To increase the accuracy of the model, spatial data (population, road network and point of interests such as petroleum stations and green spaces) and meteorological data (including temperature, pressure, wind speed and relative humidity) have also been used as independent variables, alongside air quality measurement data gathered by the monitoring stations. The outputs of the proposed model are evaluated against reference interpolation techniques including inverse distance weighting, thin plate splines, kriging, cokriging, and MARS3. Interpolation for 12 months showed better accuracies of the proposed model in comparison with the reference methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental monitoring and assessment
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Air pollution
  • MARS
  • NO
  • PCA
  • Spatial interpolation
  • ITC-CV


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