EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > TEMPERATURE PROFILES
Temperature is defined, in general, as the degree of hotness or coldness
as measured on some definite temperature scale by means of any of various
types of thermometers. In meteorology, a profile is defined as a
graph of the value of a scalar quantity versus a horizontal, vertical, or
time scale. It usually refers to a vertical representation.
Glossary of Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, 1998.