gsw_alpha_on_beta

thermal expansion divided by the saline 
contraction coefficient (75-term equation)

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USAGE:

alpha_on_beta = gsw_alpha_on_beta(SA,CT,p)

DESCRIPTION:

Calculates alpha divided by beta, where alpha is the thermal expansion
coefficient and beta is the saline contraction coefficient of seawater 
from Absolute Salinity and Conservative Temperature.  This function uses
the computationally-efficient 75-term expression for specific volume in
terms of SA, CT and p (Roquet et al., 2015).
Note that the 75-term equation has been fitted in a restricted range of 
parameter space, and is most accurate inside the "oceanographic funnel" 
described in  McDougall et al. (2003).  The GSW library function 
"gsw_infunnel(SA,CT,p)" is avaialble to be used if one wants to test if 
some of one's data lies outside this "funnel". 
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alpha on beta.

INPUT:

SA  =  Absolute Salinity                                        [ g/kg ]
CT  =  Conservative Temperature                                [ deg C ]
p   =  sea pressure                                             [ dbar ]
       (ie. absolute pressure - 10.1325 dbar)
SA & CT need to have the same dimensions.
p may have dimensions 1x1 or Mx1 or 1xN or MxN, where SA & CT are MxN.

OUTPUT:

alpha_on_beta  =  thermal expansion coefficient with respect to                          
                  Conservative Temperature divided by the saline 
                  contraction coefficient at constant Conservative
                  Temperature.                           [ kg g^-1 K^-1 ]

EXAMPLE:

SA = [34.7118; 34.8915; 35.0256; 34.8472; 34.7366; 34.7324;]
CT = [28.8099; 28.4392; 22.7862; 10.2262;  6.8272;  4.3236;]
p =  [     10;      50;     125;     250;     600;    1000;]
alpha_on_beta = gsw_alpha_on_beta(SA,CT,p)
alpha_on_beta =
   0.452468543022009
   0.449601695030057
   0.387140203094424
   0.230778871228268
   0.193747796234162
   0.170946048860385

AUTHOR:

Paul Barker and Trevor McDougall          [ help@teos-10.org ]

VERSION NUMBER:

3.05 (16th February, 2015)

REFERENCES:

IOC, SCOR and IAPSO, 2010: The international thermodynamic equation of
 seawater - 2010: Calculation and use of thermodynamic properties.
 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Manuals and Guides No. 56,
 UNESCO (English), 196 pp.  Available from the TEOS-10 web site.
  
McDougall, T.J., D.R. Jackett, D.G. Wright and R. Feistel, 2003: 
 Accurate and computationally efficient algorithms for potential 
 temperature and density of seawater.  J. Atmosph. Ocean. Tech., 20,
 pp. 730-741.
Roquet, F., G. Madec, T.J. McDougall, P.M. Barker, 2015: Accurate
 polynomial expressions for the density and specifc volume of seawater
 using the TEOS-10 standard. Ocean Modelling.
The software is available from http://www.TEOS-10.org