Geopotential Topography

Science / Tides and Currents / Geopotential Topography: The topography of an equiscalar (usually isobaric) surface in terms of geopotential difference. As depicted on maps, isopleths are formed by the intersection of the isobaric surface with a series of geopotential surfaces. Thus, the field of isopleths represents variations in the geopotential anomaly of the isobaric surface above a chosen reference isobaric surface (such as a level of no motion).

Geopotential Difference

Science / Tides and Currents / Geopotential Difference: The work per unit mass gained or required in moving a unit mass vertically from one geopotential surface to another. See geopotential, geopotential anomaly, and geopotential topography. MORE

Geopotential Anomaly

Science / Tides and Currents / Geopotential Anomaly: The excess in geopotential difference over the standard geopotential difference [at a standard specific volume at 35 parts per thousand (?€°) and 0 degrees C] between isobaric surfaces. See geopote MORE


Science / Geology / Topography: The shape of the Earth's surface, above and below sea level: the set of landforms in a region: the distribution of elevations. MORE