Qualitative and quantitative analysis of CO2 and CH4 dissolved in water and seawater using laser Raman spectroscopy. Academic Article uri icon


  • Laboratory experiments have been performed using laser Raman spectroscopy to analyze carbon dioxide (CO(2)) and methane (CH(4)) dissolved in water and seawater. Dissolved CO(2) is characterized by bands at approximately 1275 and 1382 Deltacm(-1). Dissolved CH(4) is characterized by a dominant band at approximately 2911 Deltacm(-1). The laboratory instrumentation used for this work is equivalent to the sea-going Raman instrument, DORISS (Deep Ocean Raman In Situ Spectrometer). Limits of quantification and calibration curves were determined for each species. The limits of quantification are approximately 10 mM for CO(2) and approximately 4 mM for CH(4). A ratio technique is used to obtain quantitative information from Raman spectra: the gas bands are referenced to the O-H stretching band of water. The calibration curves relating band height ratios to gas concentration are linear and valid for a range of temperatures, pressures, and salinities. Current instrumentation is capable of measuring the highest dissolved gas concentration observed in end-member hydrothermal fluids. Further development work is needed to improve sensitivity and optimize operational configurations.

publication date

  • July 2010