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The measurement of elevation relative to sea level.

hyp′so·met′ric (hĭp′sə-mĕt′rĭk), hyp′so·met′ri·cal adj.
hyp′so·met′ri·cal·ly adv.
hyp·som′e·trist n.


(Physical Geography) (in mapping) the establishment of height above sea level. Also called: hypsography
hypsometric, ˌhypsoˈmetrical adj
ˌhypsoˈmetrically adv
hypˈsometrist n


(hɪpˈsɒm ɪ tri)

vertical control in mapping; the measurement of elevations or altitudes.
hyp`so•met′ric (-səˈmɛ trɪk) hyp`so•met′ri•cal, adj.
hyp`so•met′ri•cal•ly, adv.


the measurement of altitude and heights, especially with refer-ence to sea level. — hypsometric, hypsometrical, adj.
See also: Heights, Measurement
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Noun1.hypsometry - measurement of the elevation of land above sea level
measurement, measuring, mensuration, measure - the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule; "the measurements were carefully done"; "his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
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Hypsometry reveals the relationship between altitude and basin area to understand the degree of dissection and the stage of the erosional cycle (Strahler, 1952; Schumm, 1956).
The primary cause of these differential ice loss rates is not investigated in this study, but they could be linked to differences in ice cap hypsometry and thickness or to local meteorological conditions such as coastal fog.
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