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Effect of selected calculation routines and dissociation constants on the determination of total carbon dioxide in seawater

Stoll, M. H. C., Rommets, J. W. & Baar, H. J. W. D., 1993, In : Deep Sea Research Part I. Oceanographic Research Papers. 40, 6, p. 1307-1322 16 p.

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  • M.H.C. Stoll
  • J.W. Rommets
  • H.J.W. de Baar
During the 1989 and 1990 JGOFS North Atlantic Pilot Study a comparison was made between the Coulometric and the acid titration method for determination of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in seawater. TCO2 and alkalinity have been calculated from acid titration using either the modified Gran plot or the curve-fitting routine. Depth profiles showed fair agreement (on average 0.6% or about 12.5 μmol l−1) between the TCO2 calculated from the acid titration method and the TCO2 measured independently by Coulometry. It is shown that different data processing routines combined with the proper use of dissociation constants can influence the acid titration result considerably. There appears to be a slight offset between calculated and Coulometric data which is smallest when using combined dissociation constants. No statistically significant difference could be found between the two used calculation methods (Gran plot and curve-fitting). The agreement between the independent methods of Coulometry and acid titration is encouraging and furthermore independent of depth, for this dataset there is no reason for invoking the existence of interfering (organic) protolytes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1307-1322
Number of pages16
JournalDeep Sea Research Part I. Oceanographic Research Papers
Volume40
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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