ATSC 404 · Dynamic Meteorology

Dynamic principles governing atmospheric motions on a rotating planet. Simplified mathematical models of atmospheric flow based on scale analysis. Application to synoptic-scale and general circulation of the troposphere. [3-0-0] Prerequisite: One of PHYS 312, MATH 316 and one of EOSC 250, MATH 217, MATH 317.

Course Availability & Schedule

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Christian Schoof

TA Liam Buchart


Required: J.R. Holton "An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology", 4th edition, Academic Press, 2004. (PDF available online, see Syllabus) 

Or: J.R. Holton & G. J. Hakim "An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology", 5th edition, Academic Press, 2013. 532 pp

Required: online course notes (see below)

Course Content


Division of marks:
Assignments - 40%
Quizzes/Homework/Class participation - 10%
Midterm exam- 10%
Final exam- 40%

Mid-Term Examination - tbd


I expect to set 4 to 6 assignments in this course. They will be set on Fridays and wil be due at the end of class on the following Friday. No marks for late assignments.

Office hours

Wednesday 2-3 pm, EOS-South 356. Contact me in advance if you can't make this but need to see me.

Lecture notes:

Course information, practice exams etc.: