The main purpose of this course is to understand the evolution of large-scale weather systems through baroclinic instability. As a preparation, the quasigeostrophic equations for atmospheric dynamics are first derived, and then a general method for analysing waves and instabilities by linearisation and Fourier analysis is introduced. The method is applied to Rossby waves and baroclinic instability.

Admittance requirements

Knowledge corresponding to Dynamical meteorology I 12 HECs.


Schedule Dynamic Meteorology II, spring 2016

Course literature

Holton, J. R. and Hakim: An introduction to dynamic meteorology, 5th edition, International Geophysics Series, Academic Press, 2012, 552 pp. Print Book ISBN: 9780123848666, eBook ISBN: 9780123848673

Some extra material can be added in the beginning of the course.


The syllabus is a formal document for the course:

Course material

Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course will be available on the course Mondo-site at or you can ask the responsible lecturer Rodrigo Caballero.

Upcoming courses

Starts during the first period of the spring semester.


Via (Swedish) or (English). For more information see Application and admissions.