Boundary layer

From Glossary of Meteorology



boundary layer

  1. The layer of fluid near a boundary that is affected by friction against that boundary surface, and possibly by transport of heat and other variables across that surface.

    In meteorology, this is the atmospheric boundary layer.

  2. In a physical or mathematical system, a region over which some property or term in the equations varies rapidly, that is, over its full range; conversely, a region outside of which certain terms may be neglected.