Sampling and Sample-handling Protocols for GEOTRACES Cruises


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The GEOTRACES Standards and Intercalibration (S&I) Committee is charged with ensuring that the data generated during GEOTRACES are as precise and accurate as possible, which includes all the steps from sampling to analysis. Thus, sampling methods for dissolved and particulate constituents must take a representative (of the water depth/water mass) and uncontaminated sample, the samples must be stored (or immediately analyzed) in a fashion that preserves the concentrations (activities) and chemical speciation, and the analyses of these samples must yield accurate data (concentration, activity, isotopic composition, chemical speciation). To this end, experiences from the 2008-2010 GEOTRACES Intercalibration Program, and other related intercalibration efforts, helped to create the protocols in this document. However, methods continually evolve and the GEOTRACES S&I Committee will monitor these advances as validated by intercalibrations and modify the methods as warranted. The protocols here are divided into trace element and isotope groups: Hydrography and Ancillary Parameters, Radioactive Isotopes, Radiogenic Isotopes, Trace Elements, and Nutrient Isotopes. Those who contributed to preparing these protocols are listed in Appendix 1 and are sincerely thanked for their efforts in helping GEOTRACES and the worldwide TEI community.



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Cutter, G. , Andersson, P. , Codispoti, L. , Croot, P. , François, R. , Lohan, M. C. , Obata, H. and Rutgers v. d. Loeff, M. (2010): Sampling and Sample-handling Protocols for GEOTRACES Cruises , [Miscellaneous]


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