The Apollo SciTech's Underway pCO2 system, model AS-P2 has been developed and tested for underway measurements (i.e., real-time while the vessel is sailing) of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2 ), pH, and dissolved oxygen (DO) in surface water, atmospheric CO2 as well as water salinity, temperature and position.
Water sample is forced into the equilibrator
by a shipboard pump. Equilibrated air is
drawn from the equilibrator and dried with
an electronic cooling system and a
Nafion dry tube. It is then
quantified with an infrared CO2 analyzer (LI7000)
before returning to the equilibrator.
The shower-head equilibrator is effective
(response time 2 min). The equilibrator
is completely sealed from the outside room air.
It has been tested in both high (up to 3000 µatm) and low (less than 100 µatm) pCO2 environments.
The detector in Model AS-P2 can be replaced with
a Licor 840A Analyzer (pCO2
ranges 0-10,000 µatm).
AS-P3 with Picarro G2131-i Analyzer (with pCO2 and δ13C) coming soon.