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geo- +‎ potential


geopotential (plural geopotentials)

  1. (meteorology) The work that must be done at a given altitude in raising a unit mass from sea level to that altitude against the earth's gravitational field.
    • 2004, Zhu Xun, ‎Li Xiaofan, & ‎Cai Ming, Observation, Theory And Modeling Of Atmospheric Variability, →ISBN, page 13:
      It might sound puzzling that the ageostrophic geopotential (or the ageostrophic pressure in z-coordinate) has no impact on the evolution of the vorticity of a quasi-geostrophic disturbance and yet it affects the perturbation kinetic energetics (not globally but locally).

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