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Computes a scalar array from its gradient components on a gaussian grid using spherical harmonics.


	function igradsG (
		gzx  : numeric,  
		gzy  : numeric   

	return_val [dimsizes(gzx)] :  float or double



gradient arrays (input, two or more dimensions, last two dimensions must be nlat x nlon)

  • input values must be in ascending latitude order
  • input arrays must be on a global grid

Return value

Returns an array of size dimsizes (gzx). The return type will be double if gzx or gzy is double, and float otherwise.


igradsG computes a scalar array given gradient gzx and gzy, and returns it as an array with the same dimensions as gzy, gzy. igradsG operates on a gaussian grid.

This function does not handle missing values (defined by the _FillValue attribute). If any missing values are encountered in a particular 2D input grid, then all of the values in the corresponding output grid will be set to the default missing value appropriate to the type of the output.

This function computes a scalar function whose gradient is the irrotational component of the input vector. The gradient is equal to the input vector only if its rotational component is zero.

Note: For the arrays whose last two dimensions are nlat x nlon, the rest of the dimensions (if any) are collectively referred to as N. If the input/output arrays are just two dimensions, then N can either be considered equal to 1 or nothing at all.

Arrays which have dimensions N x nlat x nlon should not include the cyclic (wraparound) points when invoking the procedures and functions which use spherical harmonics (Spherepack).

For example, if an array x has dimensions nlat = 64 and nlon = 129, where the "129" represents the cyclic points, then the user should pass the data to the procedure/function via:

    z = sample ( x([...],:,0:nlon-2) )  ; does not include cyclic points
If the input arrays gzx and gzy are on a fixed grid, igradsF should be used. Also, note that igradsG is the function version of igradsg.

See Also

igradsF, igradsg, igradsf, gradsg, gradsf, lderuvf, lderuvg


Example 1

Given arrays T_grad_lat(time,lev,lat,lon) and T_grad_lon(time,lev,lat,lon) containing the gradient (latitudinal and longitudinal derivatives), compute the scalar array. The gradient arrays are on a gaussian grid.

  T = igradsG (T_grad_lon, T_grad_lat, T)   
Example 2

Given a scalar array T, compute the latitudinal and longitudinal derivatives, and then recompute T. T is on a gaussian grid.

  T_grad_lon = T                ; create arrays to hold output, same size and type as input
  T_grad_lat = T                
                                ; this procedure will overwrite
                                ; values in T_grad_lon and T_grad_lat
  gradsg (T, T_grad_lon, T_grad_lat)   
  T_grad_lon@long_name = "longitudinal gradient (derivative)"
  T_grad_lat@long_name = "latitudinal gradient (derivative)"
  T = igradsG (T_grad_lon, T_grad_lat)  


If jer or ker is equal to:

1 : error in the specification of nlat
2 : error in the specification of nlon
4 : error in the specification of N (jer only)