The CONTROS HydroFIA® TA is a flow through system for the determination of the total alkalinity in seawater. It can be used for continuous monitoring during surface water
applications as well as for discrete sample measurements. The autonomous TA analyser can be easily integrated into existing automated measuring systems on voluntary observing ships (VOS) such as FerryBoxes.
Total alkalinity is an important sum parameter for many scientific fields of application including ocean acidification and carbonate chemistry research, monitoring of biogeochemical processes, aqua
culture / fish farming as well as pore water analysis.
A defined amount of seawater is acidified by injection of a fixed amount of hydrochloric acid (HCl).
After acidification the generated CO2 in the sample is removed by means of a membrane based degassing unit resulting in a so-called open-cell titration.
The subsequent pH determination is carried out by means of an indicator dye (Bromocresol green) and VIS absorption spectrometry.
Together with salinity and temperature, the resulting pH is directly used for the calculation of total alkalinity.