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Ekman layer

[′ek·mən ‚lā·ər]
(meteorology)
The layer of transition between the surface boundary layer of the atmosphere, where the shearing stress is constant, and the free atmosphere, which is treated as an ideal fluid in approximate geostrophic equilibrium. Also known as spiral layer.

Ekman layer

Ekman layer
The layer of transition between the surface boundary layer, where shearing stress is constant, and the free atmosphere, where the atmosphere is treated as an ideal fluid in approximate geostrophic equilibrium. Also called a spiral layer.