Quenching correction for in vivo chlorophyll fluorescence acquired by autonomous platforms: A case study with instrumented elephant seals in the Kerguelen region (Southern Ocean)

Type Article
Date 2012-07
Language English
Author(s) Xing Xiaogang1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Claustre Herve1, 3, Blain Stephane4, 5, D'Ortenzio Fabrizio1, 3, Antoine David1, 3, Ras Josephine1, 3, Guinet Christophe6
Affiliation(s) 1 : CNRS, Lab Oceanog Villefranche, Unite Mixte Rech 7093, Villefranche Sur Mer, France.
2 : Ocean Univ China, Lab Phys Oceanog, Qingdao, Peoples R China.
3 : Univ Paris 06, Unite Mixte Rech 7093, Lab Oceanog Villefranche, Villefranche Sur Mer, France.
4 : CNRS, Unite Mixte Rech 7621, Lab Oceanog Microbienne, Banyuls Sur Mer, France.
5 : Univ Paris 06, Unite Mixte Rech 7621, Lab Oceanog Microbienne, Banyuls Sur Mer, France.
6 : CNRS, Unite Propre Rech 1934, Ctr Etud Biol Chize, Villiers En Bois, France.
Source Limnology And Oceanography-methods (1541-5856) (Amer Soc Limnology Oceanography), 2012-07 , Vol. 10 , P. 483-495
DOI 10.4319/lom.2012.10.483
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Abstract As the proxy for Chlorophyll a (Chl a) concentration, thousands of fluorescence profiles were measured by instrumented elephant seals in the Kerguelen region (Southern Ocean). For accurate retrieval of Chl a concentrations acquired by in vivo fluorometer, a two-step procedure is applied: 1) A predeployment intercalibration with accurate determination by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis, which not only calibrates fluorescence in appropriate Chl a concentration units, but also strongly reduces variability between fluorometers, and 2) a profile-by-profile quenching correction analysis, which effectively eliminates the fluorescence quenching issue at surface around noon, and results in consistent profiles between day and night. The quenching correction is conducted through an extrapolation of the deep fluorescence value toward surface. As proved by a validation procedure in the Western Mediterranean Sea, the correction method is practical and relatively reliable when there is no credible reference, especially for deep mixed waters, as in the Southern Ocean. Even in the shallow mixed waters, the method is also effective in reducing the influence of quenching.
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Xing Xiaogang, Claustre Herve, Blain Stephane, D'Ortenzio Fabrizio, Antoine David, Ras Josephine, Guinet Christophe (2012). Quenching correction for in vivo chlorophyll fluorescence acquired by autonomous platforms: A case study with instrumented elephant seals in the Kerguelen region (Southern Ocean). Limnology And Oceanography-methods, 10, 483-495. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.4319/lom.2012.10.483 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00248/35965/