An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Volume 1

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Academic Press, Apr 14, 2004 - Science - 535 pages

An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Fourth Edition presents a cogent explanation of the fundamentals of meteorology, and explains storm dynamics for weather-oriented meteorologists. This revised edition features updated treatments on climate dynamics, tropical meteorology, middle atmosphere dynamics, and numerical prediction.

It contains a wealth of illustrations to elucidate text and equations, plus end-of-chapter problems.

This book is recommended for senior and graduate students in meteorology and atmospheric science, as well as atmospheric scientists desiring a broad overview of dynamical meteorology.



  • 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 NEW IN THIS EDITION
  • Updated treatments on climate dynamics, tropical meteorology, middle atmosphere dynamics, and numerical prediction
 

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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 Large-scale Circulation" as a far superior alternative. 

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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

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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.

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