An instrument that records ablation by measuring the distance a snow or ice surface falls during the observation period.



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FROST-POINT HYGROMETER

An instrument for measuring the frost point of the atmosphere; air under test is passed continuously across a polished surface whose temperature is adjusted so that a thin deposit of frost is formed which is in equilibrium with the air.

ERGOMETER

An instrument with a remeasure tactile sensibility by determining the distance by which two points pressed against cording device used to measure work performed.

FOCAL LENGTH

The distance between the optical center of a lens, or the surface of a mirror, and its focus

ELEVATION

  1. Vertical distance of a point above a datum, usually mean sea level. Elevation usually applies to a point on the surface of the earth. The term HEIGHT is used for points on or above the surface. See also SPOT ELEVATION. 2. An area higher than its surroundings, as a hill

ODOMETER

  1. An instrument for measuring distance traversed, as of a vehicle. 2. The indicating gage of such an instrument. 3. A wheel pulled by surveyors to measure distance traveled.

MILITARY GRID REFERENCE SYSTEM

A system which uses a standard-scaled grid square, based on a point of origin on a map projection of the earth’s surface in an accurate and consistent manner to permit either position referencing or the computation of direction and distance between grid positions.

OPTICAL PYROMETER

An instrument which 382 determines the temperature of a very hot surface from its incandescent brightness; the image of the surface is focused in the plane of an electrically heated wire, and current through the wire is adjusted until the wire blends into the image of the surface. Also known as disappearing filament pyrometer.

COORDINATE

One of a set of magnitudes defining a point in space. If the point is known to be on a given line, only one coordinate is needed; if on a surface, two are required; if in space, three. Cartesian coordinates define a point relative to two intersecting lines, called AXES. If the axes are perpendicular, the coordinates are rectangular; if not perpendicular, they are oblique coordinates. A three- dimensional system of Cartesian coordinates is called space coordinates. Polar coordinates define a point by its distance and direction from a fixed point called the POLE. Direction is given as the angle between a reference radius vector and a radius vector to the point. If three dimensions are involved, two angles are used to locate the radius vector. Space-polar coordinates define a point on the surface of a sphere by (1) its distance from a fixed point at the center, called the POLE (2) the COLATITUDE or angle between the POLAR AXIS (a reference line through the pole) and the RADIUS VECTOR (a straight line connecting the pole and the point)- and (3) the LONGITUDE or angle between a reference plane through the polar axis and a plane through the radius vector and the polar axis. Spherical coordinates define a point on a sphere or spheroid by its angular distances from a primary great circle and from a reference secondary great circle. Geographical or terrestrial coordinates define a point on the surface of the earth. Celestial coordinates define a point on the celestial sphere. The horizon, celestial equator and the ecliptic systems of celestial coordinates are based on the celestial horizon, celestial equator, and the ecliptic, respectively, as the primary great circle.

REPEATER

A device for repeating at a distance the indications of an instrument or device.

RANGE FINDER

An optical instrument for measuring the distance to an object.

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