geostrophic velocity



[geostrophic_velocity, mid_lat, mid_long] =


Calculates geostrophic velocity relative to the sea surface, given a
geostrophic streamfunction and the position (longitude, latitude and
pressure (long, lat & p)) of each station in sequence along an ocean
section.  The data can be from a single isobaric or "density" surface,
or from a series of such surfaces. 
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geo_strf = geostrophic streamfunction. This geostrophic streamfunction
           can be any of, for example,
           (1) geo_strf_dyn_height (in an isobaric surface)
           (2) geo_strf_Montgomery (in a specific volume anomaly surface)
           (3) geo_strf_Cunninhgam (in an approximately neutral surface
               e.g. a potential denisty surface).
           (4) geo_strf_McD_Klocker (in an approximately neutral surface
               e.g. a potential denisty surface, a Neutral Density
               surface or an omega surface (Klocker et al., 2009)).
long     = longitude in decimal degrees                   [ 0 ... +360 ]
                                                    or [ -180 ... +180 ]
lat      = latitude in decimal degrees north             [ -90 ... +90 ]
p      =  sea pressure ( default is 0 )                         [ dbar ]
         ( i.e. absolute pressure - 10.1325 dbar )
 Note. This optional input is used to obtain an accurate distance,    
   "dist", taking into account that the radius from the centre of the    
   Earth depends on the depth below the sea surface.
There needs to be more than one station.
geo_strf has dimensions (M(bottles) x N(stations)).
lat & long need to have dimensions 1xN or MxN, where geo_strf is MxN.
p may have dimensions 1x1 or Mx1 or 1xN or MxN, where geo_strf is MxN.
Note. The ith bottle of each station (i.e. the ith row of geo_strf)
  must be on the same ith surface, whether that surface be,
   (1) an isobaric surface,
   (2) a specific volume anomaly surface,
       or some type of approximately neutral surface (cases (3) & (4)).


geostrophic_velocity  =  geostrophic velocity RELATIVE to the sea
                         surface.  It has dimensions (Mx(N-1))
mid_lat               =  mid point latitude,             [ -90 ... +90 ]
                         (in decimal degrees north)
mid_long              =  mid point longitude
                         (the range corresponds to that entered)


geo_strf(:,1) = [ -0.600766; -2.959872; -6.705156; -9.991887; -14.285795; -17.893004;]
geo_strf(:,2) = [ -0.558086; -2.746335; -6.163343; -8.846621; -11.307648; -12.775731;]
long = [189 189];
lat = [-20 -22];
p =  [     10;      50;     125;     250;     600;    1000;] 
geostrophic_velocity = gsw_geostrophic_velocity(geo_strf,long,lat,p)
geostrophic_velocity  =


Paul Barker, Trevor McDougall and Phil Morgan    [ ]


3.06 (15th May, 2017)


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 Atlantic using syoptic hydrographic data in a Bernoulli inverse.
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IOC, SCOR and IAPSO, 2010: The international thermodynamic equation of
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 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Manuals and Guides No. 56,
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  See sections 3.27 - 3.3.30 of this TEOS-10 Manual.
Jackett, D. R. and T. J. McDougall, 1997: A neutral density variable
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Klocker, A., T. J. McDougall and D. R. Jackett, 2009: A new method for
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McDougall, T. J. and A. Klocker, 2010: An approximate geostrophic
 streamfunction for use in density surfaces.  Ocean Modelling, 32,
  See Eqn. (62), of this paper, for definition of the 
  McDougall-Klocker geostrophic streamfunction.
Montgomery, R. B., 1937: A suggested method for representing gradient
 flow in isentropic surfaces.  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 18, 210-212.
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