I am working with surfaces in Euclidean 3-space. If we let $X = X(u,v)$ denote a parameterization of such a surface, then the mean curvature, $H = H(u,v)$, can be computed in terms of the coefficients for the first and second fundamental forms.
My question is this: Is it possible to express the mean curvature, $H(u,v)$, in terms of the support function for this surface? The support function is defined to be $h = h(u,v) = \langle X, N\rangle$ where $N$ is a unit normal. (This function measures the oriented distance from a tangent plane to the origin.)
For curves in the plane there is a nifty result along these lines. If the curve has non-vanishing curvature its unit normal can be used for a parameterization, and in this situation the curvature satisfies $1/k = \pm (h''+ h)$ where, again, $h$ is the support function for the curve.
I'm hoping there is a similar result for convex surfaces in space, but, sadly, have been unable to find such a relationship. Any help would be greatly appreciated.