INTRODUCTION: The information presented in this file is applicable to all the data sets collected on the R/V Henry Bigelow that are presented at: www.aoml.noaa.gov/ocd/gcc/rvbigelow_introduction.php. Any temporary changes in this information will be noted in the readme files for the individual expeditions. Statement for use of data: These data are made available to the public and the scientific community in the belief that their wide dissemination will lead to greater understanding and new insights. The availability of these data does not constitute publication of the data. We rely on the ethics and integrity of the user to insure that the AOML ocean carbon group receives fair credit for its work. Please consult with us prior to use so we can insure that the quality and limitations of the data are accurately represented. Platform Information: In February 2011, the Ocean Carbon Group at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) installed an instrument to measure CO2 levels in surface water and air on the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. The Bigelow primarily operates in the North Atlantic Ocean between North Carolina and Maine. Vessel Name: R/V Henry B. Bigelow Class of Data: Surface ocean carbon dioxide concentrations Scientists responsible for the technical quality of this pCO2 dataset: Rik Wanninkhof and Denis Pierrot NOAA/AOML/Ocean Chemistry Division 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149 Rik.Wanninkhof@noaa.gov Denis.Pierrot@noaa.gov Contact persons for this dataset: Kevin Sullivan and Denis Pierrot NOAA/AOML/Ocean Chemistry Division 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149 Kevin.Sullivan@noaa.gov Denis.Pierrot@noaa.gov COMPONENT SPECIFICATIONS and ACCURACIES: The accuracies of all components, when operating optimally, are such that the calculated seawater fCO2 has an accuracy of 2 uatm or better and the calculated mole fraction of CO2 (XCO2) in air has an accuracy of 0.1 uatm. Infrared Analyzer: LI-COR model 6262 (February 2011-present) ftp://ftp.licor.com/perm/env/LI-6262/Manual/LI-6262_Manual.pdf CO2 resolution: 0.01 umol/m CO2 accuracy: ± 1 ppm at 350 ppm Pressure resolution: 0.02 hPa Internal pressure transducer accuracy: ± 1.2 hPa (manufacturer specifications: ±0.1% FS, where FS = 0-1150 hPa) Equilibrator Pressure: Setra model 239, differential pressure (February 2011-present) http://www.setra.com/ProductDetails/model_239.htm Resolution: 0.01 hPa Accuracy: ± 0.052 hPa (manufacturer specifications: ± 0.14% FS, where FS = ± 7.5 inches WC) The absolute pressure of the equilibrator headspace reported in data files is the sum of the infrared analyzer pressure and the differential pressure from the pressure transducer attached to the equilibrator. Equilibrator Temperature: Hart model 1521 (February 2011-present) http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/hart/pdfs/1521_1522.pdf Accuracy: ± 0.025°C Sea Surface Salinity and Temperature (maintained by ship): SeaBird model SBE-45 (February 2011-present) http://www.seabird.com/pdf_documents/manuals/45_017.pdf Temperature resolution: 0.0001°C Temperature accuracy: ± 0.002°C Salinity resolution: 0.0002 ‰ Salinity accuracy: ± 0.005 ‰ SeaBird model SBE-38 (February 2011-present) http://www.seabird.com/pdf_documents/manuals/38_013.pdf Temperature resolution: 0.00025°C Temperature accuracy: ± 0.001°C Atmospheric Pressure (maintained by ship): Vaisala model PTB220 barometer (February 2011 - present) http://www.seatronics-group.com/assets/uploads/resources/2010/3/72c50364-31f6-446f-abe4-ecabc5ad7a9a.pdf Resolution: 0.01 hPa Accuracy: ± 0.15 hPa INSTRUMENT DESCRIPTION and CONFIGURATION: The general principle of operation of the instrument can be found in Wanninkhof and Thoning (1993), Ho et al. (1995), Feely et al. (1998), and Pierrot et al. (2009). Seawater flows through an equilibrator chamber where CO2 exchanges between water and the air above it. Small changes in seawater CO2 concentration are rapidly translated into changes in CO2 concentration in the air of the chamber (headspace). The mole fraction of CO2 in the headspace gas is measured using a non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) analyzer from LICOR®. The effects of water vapor on the sample analyses are kept to a minimum by removing as much water as possible. The water is first condensed out of the sample gas stream by cooling to ~5 °C using a thermoelectric device. Then water is further removed using Nafion® gas dryers before reaching the IR analyzer. The counterflow gas in the dryer is pre-dried outside air. Typical water content of the analyzed gas is less than 3 millimoles/mole with approximately 90% of the water being removed. The infrared analyzer is calibrated regularly using four standard gases (200 - 550 ppm CO2 in air) from Scott-Martin Inc. (Riverside, CA). Before and after use in the field, the standards are calibrated using primary reference gases from the laboratory of Dr. Charles P. Keeling, which are directly traceable to the WMO scale. A zero gas of ultra-high purity air is analyzed regularly. Any value outside the range of the standards should be considered approximate (+/-5 ppm). While individual data points above the highest standard or below the lowest standard may less accurate, the general trends would be indicative of the seawater chemistry. The standards used on a particular cruise are listed in the individual readme file. The system also measures the CO2 content of the atmospheric air, which is drawn from an inlet on the bow mast. Atmospheric air is constantly being pulled (6 liters/min maximum flow) through ~100 feet of tubing (3/8" OD Dekoron) to the analytical system located in the dry lab. The flushing rate of the LI-COR analyzer during ATM analyses is ~60-150 ml/min The dedicated scientific seawater system has two inlets (3m and 5m depth), with the deeper inlet only being used occasionally in rougher weather. A remote temperature sensor (SBE38) is located near the sea water pump in the engine room for in-situ sea surface temperature (SST) measurements. A thermosalinograph (SBE45) and a fluorometer are located next to the CO2 instrument in the dry lab. The seawater travels from the inlet to the CO2 instrument in less than one minute. Seawater is pushed through a spray head into an equilibration chamber that includes a water jacket for better thermal stability (optional on the General Oceanics model 8050 system). The chamber had a ~0.6 L water reservoir and a ~0.8 L gaseous headspace. Water flow rate is ~1.2-1.8 L/min. The rate that the headspace gas is recirculated through the analyzer during EQU analyses is ~60 - 150 ml/min. The ship provides serial connections for GPS locations and times and for an array of oceanographic and meteorological parameters (e.g. SST, salinity, atmospheric pressure). These supporting data are appended to the CO2 data records in real-time. The CO2 data is transmitted back to land each day. A typcial sequence of continuous analyses is: STEP TYPE REPETITIONS 1 Standards (all four) 1 2 ATM 5 3 EQU 100 A complete set of standards and the atmospheric analyses are done every 4.3 hours and a full day contains over 500 analyses of the equilibrator headspace. CALCULATIONS: The measured xCO2 values are linearly corrected for instrument response using the standard measurements (see Pierrot et al., 2009). For ambient air and equilibrator headspace the fCO2a or fCO2eq is calculated assuming 100% water vapor content: fCO2 = xCO2 P (1-pH2O) exp[(B11+2d12)P/RT] where fCO2 is the fugacity in ambient air or equilibrator, pH2O is the water vapor pressure at the sea surface or equilibrator temperature, P is the equilibrator or outside atmospheric pressure (in atm), T is the SST or equilibrator temperature (in K) and R is the ideal gas constant (82.057 cm^3·atm·deg^-1·mol^-1). The exponential term is the fugacity correction where B11 is the first virial coefficient of pure CO2 B11 = -1636.75 + 12.0408 T - 0.0327957 T^2 + 3.16528E-5 T^3 and d12 = 57.7 - 0.118 T is the correction for an air-CO2 mixture in units of cm^3·mol^-1 (Weiss, 1974). The fugacity as measured in the equilibrator is corrected for any temperature difference between sea surface temperature and equilibrator chamber using the empirical correction outlined in Takahashi et al. (1993). fCO2(SST) = fCO2(teq)exp[0.0423(SST-teq)] where fCO2(SST) is the fugacity at the sea surface temperature and fCO2(teq) is the fugacity at the equilibrator temperature. SST and teq are the sea surface and equilibrator temperatures in degrees C, respectively. The amount of time between the sea water entering the ship and the water flowing through the equilibrator is estimated before assigning an SST value to each analysis. The patterns in the temperature records for the equilibrator and for SST over time are compared, and a time offset that optimizes the match of these patterns is determined. The time offset is applied to the SST measurements. A linear interpolation between the time-adjusted SST data yields the SST value assigned to each CO2 analysis and used in the fugacity calculations. DATA FILE STRUCTURE: List of variables included in this dataset: COL HEADER EXPLANATION 1. Group_Ship AOML_GGunter 2. Cruise_ID dependent upon expedition's name 3. JD_GMT Decimal year day 4. DATE_UTC_ddmmyyyy UTC Date 5. TIME_UTC_hh:mm:ss UTC Time 6. LAT_dec_degree Latitude in decimal degrees (negative values are in southern hemisphere) 7. LONG_ dec_degree Longitude in decimal degrees (negative values are in western latitudes) 8. xCO2_EQU_ppm Mole fraction of CO2 in the equilibrator headspace (dry) at equilibrator temperature, in parts per million 9. xCO2_ATM_ppm Mole fraction of CO2 in outside air (dry), in parts per million 10. xCO2_ATM_interpolated_ppm xCO2 in outside air associated with each water analysis. These values are interpolated between the bracketing averaged good xCO2_ATM analyses, in parts per million 11. PRES_EQU_hPa Barometric pressure in the equilibrator headspace, in hectopascals (1 hPa = 1 millibar) 12. PRES_ATM@SSP_hPa Pressure measured by outside barometer, corrected to sea level, in hectopascals 13. TEMP_EQU_C Water temperature in equilibrator, in degrees centigrade 14. SST_C Sea surface temperature from the ship's remote temperature sensor, in degrees centigrade [interpolated, see note below] 15. SAL_permil Salinity from the thermosalinograph (SBE45), on the Practical Salinity Scale 16. fCO2_SW@SST_uatm Fugacity of CO2 in sea water, in Microatmospheres (100% humidity) 17. fCO2_ATM_interpolated_uatm Fugacity of CO2 in air corresponding to the interpolated xCO2, in microatmospheres (100% humidity) 18. dfCO2_uatm Sea water fCO2 minus interpolated air fCO2, in microatmospheres 19. WOCE_QC_FLAG Quality control flag for fCO2 values (2 = good value, 3 = questionable value) 20. QC_SUBFLAG Quality control sub flag for fCO2 values provides explanation for atypical data, when QC_FLAG = 3 The quality control flags are provided as an aid to the interpretation of the CO2 data. Stringent minimum and maximum values for numerous parameters (e.g.temperature difference between the equilibrator temperature and SST) have been established by CO2 researchers (see Pierrot et al., 2009). These ranges were chosen so that if each parameter were within their stringent range, the resulting CO2 data would almost certainly be good. If a parameter is outside its range or if a parameter is estimated from surrounding good values, the quality flag of that data record is set to 3 (questionable value). The resulting CO2 data could be good; however, investigators should determine whether these data are valid for their purposes. REFERENCES: DOE (1994). Handbook of methods for the analysis of the various parameters of the carbon dioxide system in sea water; version 2. DOE. Feely, R. A., R. Wanninkhof, H. B. Milburn, C. E. Cosca, M. Stapp and P. P. Murphy (1998). A new automated underway system for making high precision pCO2 measurements onboard research ships. Analytica Chim. 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