An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Volume 88

4th Edition

Authors: James Holton
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123540157
eBook ISBN: 9780080470214
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st March 2004
Page Count: 535
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 The Basic Conservation Laws 3 Elementary Applications of the Basic Equations 4 Circulation and Vorticity 5 The Planetary Boundary Layer 6 Synoptic Scale Motions I: Quasi-geostrophic Analysis 7 Atmospheric Oscillations: Linear Perturbation Theory 8 Extratropical Synoptic Scale Motions II: Baroclinic Instability 9 Mesoscale Circulations 10 The General Circulation 11 Tropical Dynamics 12 Middle Atmosphere Dynamics 13 Numerical 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 Answers to Selected Problems (Complete solutions manual available to instructors)


This revised text 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 Fourth Edition features a CD-ROM with MATLAB® exercises and updated treatments of several key topics. Much of the material is based on a two-term course for seniors majoring in atmospheric sciences.

Key Features

  • Provides clear physical explanations of key dynamical principles
  • Contains a wealth of illustrations to elucidate text and equations, plus end-of-chapter problems
  • Holton is one of the leading authorities in contemporary meteorology, and well known for his clear writing style
  • Instructor's Manual available to adopters


  • A CD-ROM with MATLAB® exercises and demonstrations
  • Updated treatments on climate dynamics, tropical meteorology, middle atmosphere dynamics, and numerical prediction


Senior and Graduate Students in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, as well as atmospheric scientists desiring a broad overview of dynamical meteorology.


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"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

About the Authors

James Holton Author

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA