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scale height

[′skāl ‚hīt]
(geophysics)
A measure of the decrease of atmospheric pressure with height; when the atmospheric temperature is constant with height, the pressure varies exponentially with height, and the scale height is the height interval over which the pressure changes by a factor of 1/ e. Also known as e-folding height.
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The temperature profile sets the scale height of the thermosphere, which determines the density at orbital altitudes, and therefore the aerodynamic drag experienced by military spacecraft.
This index characterizes the ocean-atmosphere interactions over the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL) in terms of heat, momentum and latent heat fluxes, scale height, pressure tendency, kinetic energy, and instability.
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