Altitude, Height and Elevation

Date: 19/11/2022 Author: Antonio H.

Altitude, Height and Elevation It is common to use the terms altitude and height interchangeably to refer to a location. Next we will recall the definition of these terms. Height

is the vertical distance of a body from the earth's surface (the ground or the sea). Altitude is the vertical distance of a body from sea level, regardless of whether the object is on the earth's surface or above it (plane, drone, ...) Elevation is the vertical distance from sea level . of the sea from a point that is on the earth's surface and in contact with it.

In the following graph, we see that the green point is located at a certain altitude and at a certain height, while the yellow point on the ground surface is at a certain altitude, but its height is zero since it is touching the ground. The land on which it is located is at a certain elevation.


In certain cases the values ​​may coincide, although we will be referring to different concepts. For example, for the yellow dot the elevation matches the altitude and if the body were flying over the sea, its altitude would match its height.