The discrete Green's function (DGF) is a superposition-based descriptor of the relationship between the surface temperature and the convective heat transfer from a surface. The surface is discretized into a finite number of elements and the DGF matrix elements relate the heat transfer out of any element i to the temperature rise on every element j of the surface. For a given flow situation, the DGF is insensitive to the thermal boundary condition so it allows direct calculation of the heat transfer for any temperature distribution and noniterative solution of conjugate heat transfer problems. The diagonal elements of the matrix are determined solely by the local velocity field while the off-diagonals are determined by the spread of the thermal wake downstream of a heated element. An analytical DGF for the laminar flat-plate boundary layers is included as an example.