An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Volume 1This revised text presents a cogent explanation of the fundamentals of meteorology, and explains storm dynamics for weatheroriented meteorologists. It discusses climate dynamics and the implications posed for global change. The Fourth Edition features a CDROM with MATLABŪ exercises and updated treatments of several key topics. Much of the material is based on a twoterm course for seniors majoring in atmospheric sciences. * Provides clear physical explanations of key dynamical principles * Contains a wealth of illustrations to elucidate text and equations, plus endofchapter 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 NEW IN THIS EDITION * A CDROM with MATLABŪ exercises and demonstrations * Updated treatments on climate dynamics, tropical meteorology, middle atmosphere dynamics, and numerical prediction 
What people are saying  Write a review
User ratings
5 stars 
 
4 stars 
 
3 stars 
 
2 stars 
 
1 star 

User Review  Flag as inappropriate
This textbook is inadequate for use in a university class. The text skips important steps of key derivations, but often dedicates extensive exposition to common, well known, or obvious operations. It may be helpful as a quick reference for someone already familiar with the material from a more thorough source. I suggest Vallis' "Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics: Fundamentals and Largescale Circulation" as a far superior alternative.
User Review  Flag as inappropriate
Best ever.
Contents
1 Introduction  1 
2 Basic Conservation Laws  28 
3 Elementary Applications of the Basic Equations  57 
4 Circulation and Vorticity  86 
5 The Planetary Boundary Layer  115 
QuasiGeostrophic Analysis  139 
Linear Perturbation Theory  182 
Baroclinic Instability  228 
12 Middle Atmosphere Dynamics  407 
13 Numerical Modeling and Prediction  448 
Useful Constants and Parameters  491 
List of Symbols  493 
Vector Analysis  498 
Moisture Variables  501 
Standard Atmosphere Data  504 
Symmetric Baroclinic Oscillations  506 
9 Mesoscale Circulations  268 
10 The General Circulation  313 
11 Tropical Dynamics  370 
513  
519  
Other editions  View all
Common terms and phrases
adiabatic amplitude anomaly approximation atmosphere balance baroclinic instability barotropic barotropic vorticity equation boundary layer buoyancy circulation component compute constant continuity equation convection coordinate Coriolis force density depends derivative diabatic heating disturbance divergence Dt Dt dynamical eastward eddy Ekman layer equatorial expressed field ﬂow fluid ﬂux following the motion forecast geopotential geopotential height geostrophic wind gravity waves grid group velocity height hydrostatic initial isentropic isobaric kinetic energy latitude linear MATLAB MATLAB script mean flow mean zonal wind meridional midlatitude mode momentum equation observed oscillations perturbation phase speed planetary potential temperature potential vorticity pressure gradient force propagation quasigeostrophic rate of change region relative vorticity Rossby wave rotation scale Section shown in Fig solution static stability stratosphere streamfunction synoptic synopticscale temperature gradient thermal wind tropical troposphere trough turbulent variables vector vertical motion vertical velocity vorticity equation wave number wavelength westerly zonalmean