correct_bubble: Adjust respirometer volume for bubbles

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Note Author(s) See Also Examples

View source: R/correct_bubble.R

Description

Given the volume of the respirometer and the volume of bubbles or air space, the moles of O2 in the system are calculated, and the volume of a respirometer holding the same quantity of O2 with only water is returned.

Usage

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correct_bubble(resp_vol, bubble_vol, temp = 25, sal = 35,
  atm_pres = 1013.25)

Arguments

resp_vol

volume of the respirometer (liter).

bubble_vol

volume of the gas bubbles or headspace (mL).

temp

temperature (°C). Default is 25 °C.

sal

salinity (psu). Default is 35 psu.

atm_pres

atmospheric pressure (mbar). Default is 1013.25 mbar.

Details

Depending on temperature and salinity, air holds 20,000x as much O2 as water per unit volume, thus small air bubbles in a respirometer can dramatically increase the amount of O2 an organism has to consume to lower the pO2 or aqueous [O2]. Thus air bubbles lead to underestimations of MO[2]. To correct for this in MO2 calculations after measurement, the volume of the respirometer can be increased. This function calculates the volume needed for MO2 calculations as a function of the volume of air space. Caution: allowing air bubbles into a respirometer is not recommended, even with this post-measurement adjustment. A small error in bubble volume estimation can lead to a large error in calculated metabolic rate.

Value

The volume of a respirometer holding an equivalent quantity of O2 filled only with water.

Note

Due to the high concentration of O2 in air, very small errors in bubble volume estimates can lead to very large differences in the volume returned. Only trust the returned value if you are very confident of the accuracy of your bubble volume estimate.

Author(s)

Matthew A. Birk, [email protected]

See Also

molvol

Examples

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correct_bubble(resp_vol = 50, bubble_vol = 10) # a 10 mL bubble makes a huge difference!

correct_bubble(resp_vol = 50, bubble_vol = 1, temp = 10, sal = 0) 
# in calculating MO2, a volume of 63.8 L should be used rather than the true 50 L.

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