Height (glossary)

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The distance of a point from a chosen reference surface positive upward along a line perpendicular to that surface.

Notes to entry:

  1. A height below the reference surface will have a negative value.
  2. Generalization of ellipsoidal height (h) and gravity-related height (H).
  3. See also geodetic height which is used synonymously to ellipsoidal height.


ISO TC211. "Height." In: ISO TC211 Multilingual Glossary. Version from 2020-06-02. Concept ID: 2409. Available at: https://isotc211.geolexica.org/concepts/2409/.



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