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Martz, TR, Daly KL, Byrne RH, Stillman JH, Turk D.  2015.  Technology for ocean acidification research: Needs and availability. Oceanography. 28:40-47.   10.5670/oceanog.2015.30   AbstractWebsite

Diverse instruments, both custom built and commercially available, have been used to measure the properties of the aqueous CO2 system in seawater at differing levels of autonomy (automated benchtop, continuous underway, autonomous in situ). In this I review, we compare the capabilities of commercially available instruments with the needs of oceanographers in order to highlight major shortfalls in the state-of-the art instrumentation broadly available to the ocean acidification (OA) scientific community. In addition, we describe community surveys that identify needs for continued development and refinement of sensor and instrument technologies, expansion of programs that provide Certified Reference Materials, development of best practices documentation for autonomous sensors, and continued and expanded sensor intercomparison experiments.

Martz, TR, Carr JJ, French CR, DeGrandpre MD.  2003.  A submersible autonomous sensor for spectrophotometric pH measurements of natural waters. Analytical Chemistry. 75:1844-1850.   10.1021/ac020568l   AbstractWebsite

An autonomous sensor for long-term in situ measurements of the pH of natural waters is described. The system is based upon spectrophotometric measurements of a mixture of sample and sulfonephthalein indicator. A simple plumbing design, using a small, low-power solenoid pump and valve, avoids the need for quantitative addition of indicator. A similar to50-muL slug of indicator is pulled into the sample stream by the pump, and subsequent pumping and mixing results in a section of indicator and sample where absorbance measurements can be made. The design also permits direct determination of the indicator pH perturbation. Absorbances are recorded at three wavelengths (439, 579, and 735 nm) using a custom-built 1.7-cm path length fiber-optic flow cell. Solution blanks are obtained by periodically flushing the cell with sample. Field tests were performed in a local river over an 8-day period. The in situ accuracy, based on comparison with laboratory spectrophotometric pH measurements, was -0.003 pH unit (n = 16), similar to the measurement precision. No drift was observed during the 8-day period. The absorbance ratio used to calculate pH, in combination with a simple and robust optical design, imparts an inherent stability not achievable with conventional potentiometric methods, making the design feasible for long-term autonomous pH measurements.

Martz, T, Takeshita Y, Rolph R, Bresnahan P.  2012.  Tracer Monitored Titrations: Measurement of Dissolved Oxygen. Analytical Chemistry. 84:290-296.   10.1021/ac202537f   AbstractWebsite

The tracer monitored titration (TMT) technique is evaluated for measurement of dissolved oxygen. The TMT developed in this work uses a simple apparatus consisting of a low-precision pump for titrant delivery and an optical detector based on a white LED and two photodiodes with interference filters. It is shown that the classic Winkler method can be made free of routine volumetric and gravimetric measurements by application of TMT theory, which allows tracking the amounts of titrant and sample using a chemical tracer. The measurement precision of the prototype setup was 0.3% RSD.

Martz, TR, Jannasch HW, Johnson KS.  2009.  Determination of carbonate ion concentration and inner sphere carbonate ion pairs in seawater by ultraviolet spectrophotometric titration. Marine Chemistry. 115:145-154.   10.1016/j.marchem.2009.07.002   AbstractWebsite

We describe a novel method for determination of carbonate ion concentration in seawater by acidimetric titration with UV detection. Because CO(3)(2-) absorbs light at wavelengths of less than similar to 250 nm, it is feasible to titrate most carbonate-containing natural waters with acid and observe an increase in %Transmittance. The observed signal is proportional to the concentration of carbonate ion in the original sample. Present technology permits a theoretical precision in the determination of [CO(3)(2-)] in natural seawater background of similar to 0.5% (at 10 cm pathlength, 200 mu M CO(3)(2-), +/- 0.0001 AU). The procedure has been tested at 1 and 10 cm pathlengths using single and multipoint titration methods, respectively. Results using natural seawater test solutions indicate a resolution in [CO(3)(2-)] of 3.6% in a standard I cm cuvette using a very simple manual method, and 0.7% using a custom-built 10 cm closed titration cell. Estimates of the relative distribution of CO(3)(2-) between inner and outer sphere complexes with Mg(2+) and Na(+) were also determined and the equilibrium constants agree with published values. This method provides a new tool for studies of several fundamental aspects CO(2) chemistry, including the second dissociation constant of carbonic acid, CO(3)(2-) ion pairing, and can be used to directly measure the distribution of carbonate ion in seawater and many other types of natural waters. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Martz, TR, Dickson AG, DeGrandpre MD.  2006.  Tracer monitored titrations: measurement of total alkalinity. Analytical Chemistry. 78:1817-1826.   10.1021/ac0516133   AbstractWebsite

We introduce a new titration methodology, tracer monitored titration (1741), in which analyses are free of volumetric and gravimetric measurements and insensitive to pump precision and reproducibility. Spectrophotometric monitoring of titrant dilution, rather than volume increment, lays the burden of analytical performance solely on the spectrophotometer. In the method described here, the titrant is a standardized mixture of acid-base indicator and strong acid. Dilution of a pulse of titrant in a titration vessel is tracked using the total indicator concentration measured spectrophotometrically. The concentrations of reacted and unreacted indicator species, derived from Beer's law, are used to calculate the relative proportions of titrant and sample in addition to the equilibrium position (pH) of the titration mixture. Because the method does not require volumetric or gravimetric additions of titrant, simple low-precision pumps can be used. Here, we demonstrate application of TMT for analysis of total alkalinity (AT). High-precision, high-accuracy seawater AT measurements are crucial for understanding, for example, the marine CaCO3 budget and saturation state, anthropogenic CO2 penetration into the oceans, calcareous phytoplankton blooms, and coral reef dynamics. We present data from 286 titrations on three types of total alkalinity standards: Na2CO3 in 0.7 mol kg(.)soln(-1) NaCl, NaOH in 0.7 mol kg(.)soln(-1) NaCl, and a seawater Certified Reference Material (CRM). Based on Na2CO3 standards, the accuracy and precision are +/- 0.2 and +/- 0.1% (4 and 2 mu mol kg-soln(-1) for A(T) similar to 2100-2500 mu mol kg(.)soln(-1), n = 242), using low-precision solenoid pumps to introduce sample and titrant. Similar accuracy and precision were found for analyses run 42 days after the initial experiments. Excellent performance is achieved by optimizing the spectrophotometric detection system and relying upon basic chemical thermodynamics for calculating the equivalence point. Although applied to acid-base titrations in this paper, the approach should be generally applicable to other types of titrations.

Martz, T, Send U, Ohman MD, Takeshita Y, Bresnahan P, Kim HJ, Nam S.  2014.  Dynamic variability of biogeochemical ratios in the Southern California Current System. Geophysical Research Letters. 41:2496-2501.   10.1002/2014gl059332   AbstractWebsite

We use autonomous nitrate (NO3-), oxygen (O-2), and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) observations to examine the relationship between ratios of C:N:O at an upwelling site in the Southern California Current System. Mean ratios and 95% confidence intervals observed by sensors over 8 months were NO3-:O-2=-0.110.002, NO3-:DIC=0.140.001, and DIC:O-2=-0.830.01, in good agreement with Redfield ratios. Variability in the ratios on the weekly time scale is attributable to shifts in biological demand and nutrient availability and shown to exhibit a spectrum of values ranging from near 100% New Production to 100% Regenerated Production.

Martz, TR, Connery JG, Johnson KS.  2010.  Testing the Honeywell Durafet (R) for seawater pH applications. Limnology and Oceanography-Methods. 8:172-184.   10.4319/lom.2010.8.172   AbstractWebsite

We report on the first seawater tests at 1 atm of the Honeywell Durafet (R) pH sensor, a commercially available ion sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET). Performance of this sensor was evaluated in a number of different situations including a temperature-controlled calibration vessel, the MBARI test tank, shipboard underway mapping, and a surface mooring. Many of these tests included a secondary reference electrode in addition to the internal reference supplied with the stock Durafet sensor. We present a theoretical overview of sensor response using both types of reference electrode. The Durafet sensor operates with a short term precision of +/- 0.0005 pH over periods of several hours and exhibits stability of better than 0.005 pH over periods of weeks to months. Our tests indicate that the Durafet pH sensor operates at a level of performance satisfactory for many types of biogeochemical studies at low pressure.

Martz, TR, Johnson KS, Riser SC.  2008.  Ocean metabolism observed with oxygen sensors on profiling floats in the South Pacific. Limnology and Oceanography. 53:2094-2111.   10.4319/lo.2008.53.5_part_2.2094   AbstractWebsite

We estimated rates of production and export in the South Pacific (80 degrees W to 180 degrees W in a zonal band between 35 degrees S and 50 degrees S) using 1.5 yr of oxygen measurements from profiling floats. Export production, calculated from oxygen utilization rates below the compensation depth from December to April, was 10.7 +/- 2 mmol C m(-2) d(-1) (n = 36, 95% CI). The corresponding satellite net primary production was 46 6 4 mmol C m(-2) d(-1), yielding a regional e-ratio of 0.23 +/- 0.05. Averaging oxygen utilization rates resulted in a net cancellation of most water mass changes related to advection and float migration. The composite vertical profile of remineralization rates, obtained by binning 36 rate profiles, agreed with published measurements based on oxygen utilization rates in hydrographic surveys and fits the classic form of a particulate organic carbon (POC) attenuation function. However, the disagreement between oxygen-based remineralization rates and those obtained by sediment traps suggests fundamental differences between these two methods. Using float data to constrain a one-dimensional mixed-layer model, the annual net community production at 45 degrees S, 144 degrees W was similar to 2.5 mol C m(-2) yr(-1). Spatial trends in export production coinciding with the New Zealand shelf and Subtropical Front are identified.

Martz, TR, DeGrandpre MD, Strutton PG, McGillis WR, Drennan WM.  2009.  Sea surface pCO(2) and carbon export during the Labrador Sea spring-summer bloom: An in situ mass balance approach. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans. 114   10.1029/2008jc005060   AbstractWebsite

We report depth-resolved in situ time series of the partial pressure of CO(2) (pCO(2)) and other carbon-related parameters spanning the development and decline of a high-latitude phytoplankton bloom. A suite of sensors was deployed on a mooring in the Labrador Sea from June to August 2004. The study became quasi-Lagrangian when the mooring broke free in late June. Measured parameters included pCO(2), chlorophyll a fluorescence, beam c, optical backscatter, and photosynthetically active radiation. During the bloom, the pCO(2) was drawn down from 330 to 260 mu atm, corresponding to a 70 mu mol kg(-1) decrease of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC). One-dimensional model results suggest that the observed drawdown was primarily driven by local processes and contributions from horizontal advection were minimal. A mass balance using the DIC and particulate organic carbon found that 47 mmol C m(-2) d(-1) of DIC was assimilated into biomass. The bloom biomass was not remineralized in the mixed layer but was rapidly exported below 35 m within 15 days of the bloom. As a consequence, the large air-sea pCO(2) gradient persisted, and approximately 30% of the DIC was regained through air-sea exchange by the end of the study. It is likely that all of the exported organic matter, corresponding to 5.4 +/- 1.9 Tg of carbon, was replaced by atmospheric CO(2) prior to the onset of deep convective mixing.

Matson, PG, Washburn L, Martz TR, Hofmann GE.  2014.  Abiotic versus biotic drivers of ocean pH variation under fast sea ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Plos One. 9   10.1371/journal.pone.0107239   AbstractWebsite

Ocean acidification is expected to have a major effect on the marine carbonate system over the next century, particularly in high latitude seas. Less appreciated is natural environmental variation within these systems, particularly in terms of pH, and how this natural variation may inform laboratory experiments. In this study, we deployed sensor-equipped moorings at 20 m depths at three locations in McMurdo Sound, comprising deep (bottom depth>200 m: Hut Point Peninsula) and shallow environments (bottom depth similar to 25 m: Cape Evans and New Harbor). Our sensors recorded high-frequency variation in pH (Hut Point and Cape Evans only), tide (Cape Evans and New Harbor), and water mass properties (temperature and salinity) during spring and early summer 2011. These collective observations showed that (1) pH differed spatially both in terms of mean pH (Cape Evans: 8.009 +/- 0.015; Hut Point: 8.020 +/- 0.007) and range of pH (Cape Evans: 0.090; Hut Point: 0.036), and (2) pH was not related to the mixing of two water masses, suggesting that the observed pH variation is likely not driven by this abiotic process. Given the large daily fluctuation in pH at Cape Evans, we developed a simple mechanistic model to explore the potential for biotic processes - in this case algal photosynthesis - to increase pH by fixing carbon from the water column. For this model, we incorporated published photosynthetic parameters for the three dominant algal functional groups found at Cape Evans (benthic fleshy red macroalgae, crustose coralline algae, and sea ice algal communities) to estimate oxygen produced/carbon fixed from the water column underneath fast sea ice and the resulting pH change. These results suggest that biotic processes may be a primary driver of pH variation observed under fast sea ice at Cape Evans and potentially at other shallow sites in McMurdo Sound.

Matson, PG, Martz TR, Hofmann GE.  2011.  High-frequency observations of pH under Antarctic sea ice in the southern Ross Sea. Antarctic Science. 23:607-613.   10.1017/s0954102011000551   AbstractWebsite

Although predictions suggest that ocean acidification will significantly impact polar oceans within 20-30 years, there is limited information regarding present-day pH dynamics of the Southern Ocean. Here, we present novel high-frequency observations of pH collected during spring of 2010 using SeaFET pH sensors at three locations under fast sea ice in the southern Ross Sea. During these deployments in McMurdo Sound, baseline pH ranged between 8.019-8.045, with low to moderate overall variation (0.043-0.114 units) on the scale of hours to days. The variation was predominantly in the direction of increased pH relative to baseline observations. Estimates of aragonite saturation state (Omega(Ar)) were > 1 with no observations of subsaturation. Time series records such as these are significant to the Antarctic science community; this information can be leveraged towards framing more environmentally relevant laboratory experiments aimed at assessing the vulnerability of Antarctic species to ocean acidification. In addition, increased spatial and temporal coverage of pH datasets may reveal ecologically significant patterns. Specifically, whether such variation in natural ocean pH dynamics may drive local adaptation to pH variation or provide refugia for populations of marine calcifiers in a future, acidifying ocean.

McLaughlin, K, Dickson A, Weisberg SB, Coale K, Elrod V, Hunter C, Johnson KS, Kram S, Kudela R, Martz T, Negrey K, Passow U, Shaughnessy F, Smith JE, Tadesse D, Washburn L, Weis KR.  2017.  An evaluation of ISFET sensors for coastal pH monitoring applications. Regional Studies in Marine Science. 12:11-18.   10.1016/j.rsma.2017.02.008   AbstractWebsite

The accuracy and precision of ion sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET) pH sensors have been well documented, but primarily by ocean chemistry specialists employing the technology at single locations. Here we examine their performance in a network context through comparison to discrete measurements of pH, using different configurations of the Honeywell DuraFET pH sensor deployed in six coastal settings by operators with a range of experience. Experience of the operator had the largest effect on performance. The average difference between discrete and ISFET pH was 0.005 pH units, but ranged from -0.030 to 0.083 among operators, with more experienced operators within +/- 0.02 pH units of the discrete measurement. In addition, experienced operators achieved a narrower range of variance in difference between discrete bottle measurements and ISFET sensor readings compared to novice operators and novice operators had a higher proportion of data failing quality control screening. There were no statistically significant differences in data uncertainty associated with sensor manufacturer or deployment environment (pier-mounted, flowthrough system, and buoy-mounted). The variation we observed among operators highlights the necessity of best practices and training when instruments are to be used in a network where comparison across data streams is desired. However, while opportunities remain for improving the performance of the ISFET sensors when deployed by less experienced operators, the uncertainty associated with their deployment and validation was several-fold less than the observed natural temporal variability in pH, demonstrating the utility of these sensors in tracking local changes in acidification. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.