Ekman-layer meaning

In a rotating fluid, a layer of relatively uniform fluid between a boundary (such as the surface) and the bulk of the fluid, especially the upper layer of the ocean whose currents are largely driven by the force of wind on the surface.
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Origin of ekman-layer

  • After Vagn Walfrid Ekman (1874–1954), Swedish oceanographer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition