gsw Python package
This Python implementation of the Thermodynamic Equation of Seawater 2010 (TEOS-10) is based primarily on numpy ufunc wrappers of the GSW-C implementation. We expect it to replace the original python-gsw pure-python implementation after a brief overlap period. The primary reasons for this change are that by building on the C implementation we reduce code duplication and we gain an immediate update to the 75-term equation. Additional benefits include a major increase in speed, a reduction in memory usage, and the inclusion of more functions. The penalty is that a C (or MSVC C++ for Windows) compiler is required to build the package from source.
Warning: this is for Python >=3.5 only.
Warning: the only official TEOS-10 implementations are provided as zipfiles at <http://www.teos-10.org/software.htm>.
Documentation is provided at <https://teos-10.github.io/GSW-Python/>.
For the core functionality, we use an auto-generated C extension
module to wrap the C functions as numpy
and then use an
autogenerated Python module to add docstrings and handle masked
arrays. 161 scalar C functions with only double-precision
arguments and return values are wrapped as ufuncs, and 155 of
these are exposed in the
gsw namespace with an additional
wrapper in Python.
A hand-written wrapper is used for one C function, and others are re-implemented directly in Python instead of being wrapped. Additional functions present in GSW-Matlab but not in GSW-C may be re-implemented in Python, but there is no expectation that all such functions will be provided.
The package can be installed from a clone of the repo using
pip install .. It is neither necessary nor recommended
to run the code generators, and no instructions are provided
for them; their output is
included in the repo. You will need a suitable compiler: gcc or
clang for unix-like systems, or the MSVC compiler set used for Python
itself on Windows. For Windows, some of the source code has been
modified to C++ because the MSVC C compiler does not support the
C99 complex data type used in original GSW-C.
To test, after installation, run "py.test" from the source directory.