Alkalinity determination by potentiometry - intercalibration using three different methods.

Mintrop, Ludger, Pérez, Fiz F., González-Dávila, Melchor, Santana-Casiano, J. Magdalena and Körtzinger, Arne (2000) Alkalinity determination by potentiometry - intercalibration using three different methods. Open Access Ciencias Marinas, 26 (1). pp. 23-37. DOI 10.7773/cm.v26i1.573.

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Seawater was sampled from different depths in the North Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands region) and distributed among three different labs for the determination of titration alkalinity. Analysis was performed by potentiometric methods, involving titration in a closed cell, titration in an open cell and a two end-point acid addition method. The precision, which is the sample reproducibility taken from the mean standard deviation for replicate measurements, was between 0.45 and 0.90 µmol kg(-1) for the individual labs. Accuracy, here taken as the deviation for the values of a lab from the mean of all three, was mostly below 1 µmol kg(-1) and never exceeded 0.1% of the sample value. Mean standard deviation for all labs and all samples was 0.87 µmol kg(-1), once the individual methods were calibrated using certified reference material (CRM). Without CRM calibration, the mean standard deviation would increase to 2.8 µmol k(-1). The conclusion is that current high precision methods for alkalinity measurements calibrated with CRMs are able to reach similar accuracy as the measurement of total dissolved inorganic carbon by coulometry and therefore allow for the precise determination of the oceanic carbon dioxide system by using the two measured parameters.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.7773/cm.v26i1.573
ISSN: 0185-3880
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:24
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 15:39

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