geopotential unit

geopotential unit

[¦jē·ō·pə′ten·chəl ′yü·nət]
(geophysics)
A unit of gravitational potential used in describing the earth's gravitational field; it is equal to the difference in gravitational potential of two points separated by a distance of 1 meter when the gravitational field has a strength of 10 meters per second squared and is directed along the line joining the points. Abbreviated gpu.
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The unit of geopotential numbers is also called GPU (geopotential unit) where 1 GPU = 1 kgalm = 10 Nm/kg = 10 [m.sup.2]/[s.sup.2].