On the use of elevation, altitude, and height in the ecological and climatological literature

@article{McVicar2012OnTU,
  title={On the use of elevation, altitude, and height in the ecological and climatological literature},
  author={Tim R. McVicar and Christian K{\"o}rner},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2012},
  volume={171},
  pages={335-337}
}
Effective communication regarding distance in the vertical dimension is critical for many ecological, climatological and broader geophysical studies of the Earth. Confusion exists regarding the definition of three English words commonly used to describe the vertical dimension: (1) elevation; (2) altitude; and (3) height. While used interchangeably in “everyday” non-technical English, here we provide explicit definitions and strongly recommend their use in scientific literature. We briefly… 
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