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.

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 companion website with MATLAB® exercises and demonstrations
  • Updated treatments on climate dynamics, tropical meteorology, middle atmosphere dynamics, and numerical prediction


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.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Basic Conservation Laws
3 Elementary Applications of the Basic Equations
4 Circulation, Vorticity, and Potential Vorticity
5 Atmospheric Oscillations
6 Quasi-geostrophic Analysis
7 Baroclinic Development
8 The Planetary Boundary Layer
9 Mesoscale Circulations
10 The General Circulation
11 Tropical Dynamics
12 Middle Atmosphere Dynamics
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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About the editor

Gregory J Hakim

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA


"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