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An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology

During the past decade, the science of dynamic meteorology has continued its rapid advance. The scope of dynamic meteorology has broadened considerably. Much of the material is based on a two-term course for seniors majoring in atmospheric sciences.

This book presents a cogent explanation of the fundamentals of meteorology and explains storm dynamics for weather-oriented meteorologists. It discusses climate dynamics and the implications posed for global change. The new edition has added a companion website with MATLAB exercises and updated treatments of several key topics.

The primary market for An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 5E in the US is as the top-ranking textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students taking relevant coursework in meteorology, atmospheric science, and oceanography. The secondary market for this title is as a reference for scientists practicing in the fields of atmospheric science, meteorology, geophysics, oceanography, and physics.

Hardbound, 552 Pages

Published: August 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-384866-6


  • "The book is very clearly and well written...the author succeeds in presenting the fundamentals while providing a motivating discussion on the full scope of dynamic meteorology and its applications." -Jorg Matschullat, Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Center, in ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY, VOL. 49, MARCH 2006 Praise for previous edition: “...reflects the full scope of modern dynamic meteorology, while providing a presentation of the fundamentals.” –BULLETIN AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY “The careful presentation of introductory material and clear discussion of dynamical principles make this an excellent basic account of dynamical meteorology.” –JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS


  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2. Basic Conservation Laws
    Chapter 3. Elementary Applications of the Basic Equations
    Chapter 4. Circulation, Vorticity, and Potential Vorticity
    Chapter 5. Atmospheric Oscillations
    Chapter 6. Quasi-geostrophic Analysis
    Chapter 7. Baroclinic Development
    Chapter 8. The Planetary Boundary Layer
    Chapter 9. Mesoscale Circulations
    Chapter 10. The General Circulation
    Chapter 11. Tropical Dynamics
    Chapter 12. Middle Atmosphere Dynamics
    Chapter 13. Numerical Modeling and Prediction
    Appendix A. Useful Constants and Parameters
    Appendix B. List of Symbols
    Appendix C. Vector Analysis
    Appendix D. Moisture Variables
    Appendix E. Standard Atmosphere Data
    Appendix F. Symmetric Baroclinic Oscillations
    Appendix G. Conditional Probability and Likelihood


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