Online membrane inlet mass spectrometry (Inspectr200-200) for quantification of the methane concentration


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Worldwide, the release of methane from sediments of lakes, coastal regions as well as ocean margins is observed. The gas release is often associated with specific features like pockmarks (morphological depressions at the seafloor), mud volcanoes, cold seeps as well as occurrence of gas hydrates. For such sites gas plumes were observed by underwater camera systems as well as acoustic techniques. Compared to such semi-quantitative information, rather little-known is the concentration field of CH4 as well as other gases around e.g. pockmarks. This is mainly to the laborious sampling schemes (e.g. by Rosette Water Sampler) and rather time consuming CH4 analysis by gas chromatography. We investigated the CH4 concentration field around pockmarks in Lake Constance by application of membrane inlet mass spectrometry (Inspectr200-200) combined with a submersible pump system. By this means very steep horizontal and vertical gradients of methane concentrations were observed in bottom as well as surface waters. Compilation of the continuous gas analyses allowed a 3D visualisation of the CH4 concentration field above pockmarks and computation of methane inventories for the water column.



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HEMS Workshop 2009, 21 Sep 2009 - 24 Sep 2009, Santa Barbara, California.
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Gentz, T. and Schlüter, M. (2009): Online membrane inlet mass spectrometry (Inspectr200-200) for quantification of the methane concentration , HEMS Workshop 2009, Santa Barbara, California, 21 September 2009 - 24 September 2009 .


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