An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780128093290

An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Volume 88

6th Edition

Authors: James Holton Gregory Hakim
Paperback ISBN: 9780128093290
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2019
Page Count: 600
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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. Weather-Ocean Dynamics
14. Numerical Modeling and Prediction

A. Useful Constants and Parameters
B. List of Symbols
C. Vector Analysis
D. Moisture Variables
E. Standard Atmosphere Data
F. Symmetric Baroclinic Oscillations
G. Conditional Probability and Likelihood


An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Sixth Edition, Volume 88 is the latest release in this gold standard for generations of meteorologists who use it as a textbook and reference in their careers. This updated edition reflects the latest research in the field, providing a cogent explanation of the fundamentals of meteorology and an explanation of storm dynamics for weather-oriented meteorologists. The first seven chapters lay the foundation for the study of atmospheric dynamics, with the latter chapters covering more advanced material, ENSO, seasonal dynamics, climate dynamics, and in this new edition, weather-ocean dynamics.

Key Features

  • Presents all-new chapters on weather/ocean dynamics
  • Includes new sections on the Helmholtz decomposition and Hadley cell theory
  • Provides clear physical explanations of key dynamical principles
  • Contains a wealth of illustrations to elucidate text and equations, plus end-of-chapter problems


Graduate and advanced undergraduate students taking relevant coursework in meteorology, atmospheric science, and oceanography. Reference for scientists practicing in the fields of atmospheric science, meteorology, geophysics, oceanography, and physics


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About the Authors

James Holton Author

James R. Holton was Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington until his death in 2004. A member of the National Academies of Science, during his career he was awarded every major honor available in the atmospheric sciences including AGU’s Revelle Medal.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Gregory Hakim

Gregory Hakim Author

Gregory J. Hakim is Professor and Chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. His research focuses on problems in climate reconstruction, predictability, data assimilation, atmospheric dynamics, and synoptic meteorology. He teaches courses in weather, atmospheric sciences, atmospheric structure and analysis, atmospheric motions, synoptic meteorology, balance dynamics, and weather predictability and data assimilation.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA