# gsw_isopycnal_vs_ntp_CT_ratio

Ratio of the gradient of Conservative Temperature in a potential density surface to that in the neutral tangent plane (75-term equation)

## Contents

## USAGE:

[G_CT, p_mid] = gsw_isopycnal_vs_ntp_CT_ratio(SA,CT,p,p_ref)

## DESCRIPTION:

Calculates the ratio of the two-dimensional gradient of Conservative Temperature in a potential density surface (with reference sea pressure (p_ref)) versus that in the neutral tangent plane (ntp) (see Eqns. (3.17.3) and (3.17.4) of IOC et al. (2010)). This ratio has been called the "isopycnal Conservative Temperature gradient ratio". This ratio is evaluated at the mid pressure between the individual data points in the vertical. The reference sea pressure of the potential density surface must have a constant value. This function uses from 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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## INPUT:

SA = Absolute Salinity [ g/kg ] CT = Conservative Temperature [ deg C ] p = sea pressure [ dbar ] ( i.e. absolute pressure - 10.1325 dbar ) p_ref = reference sea pressure of the potential density surface ( i.e. reference absolute pressure - 10.1325 dbar ) [ dbar ]

SA & CT need to have the same dimensions. p & pr may have dimensions 1x1 or Mx1 or 1xN or MxN, where SA & CT are MxN

## OUTPUT:

G_CT = The ratio of the gradient of CT in a potential density surface to that in a neutral tangent plane. G_CT is output on the same vertical (M-1)xN grid as p_mid, where M & N are the dimensions of SA. G_CT is dimensionless. [ unitless ] p_mid = mid pressure between the individual points of the p grid. That is, p_mid is on a (M-1)xN grid. [ dbar ]

## 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;] p_ref = 0

[G_CT, p_mid] = gsw_isopycnal_vs_ntp_CT_ratio(SA,CT,p,p_ref)

G_CT =

1.000634227305790 1.004190158179811 1.016644525893081 1.080061556326200 1.174980868774369

p_mid =

1.0e+002 *

0.300000000000000 0.875000000000000 1.875000000000000 4.250000000000000 8.000000000000000

## AUTHOR:

Trevor McDougall, Paul Barker & David Jackett [ 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. See Eqns. (3.17.3) and (3.17.4) of this TEOS-10 Manual.

McDougall, T. J., 1987: Neutral surfaces. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 17, 1950-1964. See Eqn. (29) of this paper.

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.

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