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AN54: Entering Calibration Coefficients for the Seapoint Fluorometer

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Saturday, February 13, 2010
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The Seapoint fluorometer is used for in-situ measurements of chlorophyll-a. Chlorophyll-a in the sensing volume is excited using a blue light and fluoresces red light that passes through the detector window. The sensing volume is defined as the intersection of the lamp beams and the detectors cone of reception, allowing the fluorometer to be used with or without a pump. When used without a pump, the end plate of the instrument prevents ambient light from reaching the detector.

Sensitivity of the Seapoint fluorometer is determined by two control lines that allow the user to change the range and sensitivity as required for a particular application. Jumper cables may be purchased from Sea-Bird to allow the sensor range to be changed by inserting the jumper cable in line with the original cable purchased.

30X 1.0 V/(µg/l) 5 µg/l
10X 0.33 V/(µg/l) 15 µg/l
3X 0.1 V/(µg/l) 50 µg/l
1X 0.033 V/(µg/l) 150 µg/l


In our Seasoft V2 suite of programs, edit the CTD configuration (.con or .xmlcon) file using the Configure Inputs menu in Seasave V7 (real-time data acquisition software) or the Configure menu in SBE Data Processing (data processing software). Select Fluorometer, Seapoint as a voltage sensor when editing the configuration file; the software prompts for gain setting and range, and offset. Seasoft calculates chlorophyll as:

Output (µg/l) = (Voltage * Range / 5) + Offset

The fluorometer is adjusted at the factory for a nominal range and sensitivity for a given gain setting. For instances when greater accuracy is desired, the sensor should be calibrated prior to deployment. Factors such as fouling, scratches, or lamp degradation will reduce the sensitivity of the sensor. In cases when the sensor is calibrated, the user can enter an offset to correct for any discrepancies in the equation. Consult the fluorometer operating manual or Seapoint Sensors, Inc. for maintenance and calibration procedures.


Application Note Revision History

Date Description
  Initial release.
May 2007 Incorporate Seasave V7.
February 2010 - Change Seasoft-Win32 to Seasoft V2.
- Add information on .xmlcon file.
- Update address.