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I am trying to describe types of trends that we see in my research of a lake. I am doing a study that combines spatial (across the lake) and depth-discrete samples (multiple depths in the lake). I would like to distinguish between the two:

I will look for spatial and _____ trends in the lake.

  • Space --> spatial
  • Time --> temporal
  • Depth --> ???

I want to use "deptual" but unfortunately that is not a word...

Thank you to this post for getting close to the question I'm trying to ask: Is there a word for event-based like spatial is for space?

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    Depth in what sense? Can you give the sentence where you would use this word?
    – Laurel
    Sep 12, 2020 at 23:51
  • @Laurel Yes, my first thought was that it was to do with ocean depth or the depth of a mine or well. But I quickly realised that those measurements are spatial.
    – BoldBen
    Sep 13, 2020 at 0:47
  • Hi @Laurel. I do mean physical depth of a lake, actually. I am doing a study that combines spatial (across the lake) and depth-discrete samples (multiple depths in the lake). I would like to distinguish between the two. My example sentence is: "I will look for spatial and _____ trends in the lake."
    – Riley
    Sep 20, 2020 at 19:05

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You might find suitable the following construction by means of the suffix "-wise"; it yields several well established terms, but is as well endowed with the characteristic of being freely productive.

-wise (Shorter OED) Forming a) advs. and adjs. chiefly from ns. w the sense '(that is) in the manner, form or direction of' as crosswise, latticewise, otherwise, b) advs. from ns. w the sense 'as regards, in terms of' as pairwise, plotwise'now freely productive in the formation of nonce-words as employment-wise, moneywise, publicity-wise, etc.).

  • depthwise

You dispose here of 111 examples to get a feel of this word, which is in fact an existant, freely produced word (that is, not in the dictionaries (yet)).

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