Ekman flow


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Ek·man flow

 (ĕk′mən)
n.
Current flow in one layer of a fluid brought about by current flow in an adjacent layer, as when surface ocean currents caused by wind themselves cause current flow deeper in the ocean. Also called Ekman transport.

[After Vagn Walfrid Ekman (1874-1954), Swedish oceanographer.]