Geopotential

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Geopotential

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The potential energy of a unit mass relative to sea level, numerically equal to the work that would be done in lifting the unit mass from sea level to the height at which the mass is located; commonly expressed in terms of dynamic height or geopotential height. Compare gravitational potential. </dd>
The geopotential Φ at height Z is given mathematically by the

expression,
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where g is the acceleration of gravity. [[/a>|/a>

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References

This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use