Lapse Rate

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An object's Lapse Rate indicates the rate at which the surface temperature decreases as altitude increases. Lapse Rate is equal to the object's Surface Gravity divided by its specific heat at constant pressure. This property is read-only and is automatically calculated by Universe Sandbox.

Property Details


The Lapse Rate property of an object is located in the Water section of the Surface tab in the object's properties panel.


Lapse Rate can be viewed using the following units:

  • Degrees Celsius per meter (°C/m)
  • Degrees Celsius per kilometer (°C/km) = 0.001 °C/m