That well-mixed region of the lower atmosphere in which the turbulence is maintained
largely by convective buoyancy induced by the upward heat flux
originating from the solar-heated surface of the earth. During the afternoon this
often extends from
in height. The surface boundary layer is that region of the lower atmosphere where
the shearing stress is constant. It is separated by the Ekman layer from the free
atmosphere, where the behaviour of the atmosphere approaches that of an ideal fluid
in approximate geostrophic equilibrium (horizontal coriolis force balances the horizontal
pressure force at all points in the field).
PAC, 1990, 62, 2167
(Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms (Recommendations 1990))
on page 2176
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