James R. Holton
Department of Atmospheric Sciences,
University of Washington, Box 351640
Seattle WA 98195
Tel: 206-543-4010

B.A. (Physics, cum laude) Harvard College, 1960
Ph.D. Meteorology, M. I. T., 1964


Professional Experience:    
1964-1965 NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Stockholm, Sweden
1965-1969  Assistant Professor, University of Washington
1969-1973 Associate Professor, University of Washington
1971 Visiting Associate Professor, Florida State University
1973 - Professor, University of Washington
1973-1974 Senior Visitor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University, England
1978 - Senior Fellow, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oceans, University of Washington
1979 Visiting Senior Principal Research Scientist, C.S.I.R.O., Division of Atmospheric Physics, Melbourne, Australia
1981-1982 Acting Director, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oceans, University of Washington
1984 Visiting Fellow, Institute of Geophysics, Tokyo University, Japan
1985 Visiting Lecturer, Beijing Institute of Meteorology, China
1986 Visiting Scientist, Meteorology Dept.,  Stockholm University, Sweden
1989 Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
1997 - 2002  Chairman, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington


Meisinger Award, American Meteorological Society, 1973
Fellow, American Meteorological Society, 1973
Second Half Century Award, American Meteorological Society, 1982
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1982
Editor's Award, American Meteorological Society, 1988
Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UW, 1992
Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer, American Meteorological Society, 1993
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1994
NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing, 1998
Honorary Doctoral Degree, Stockholm University, 1998
Honorary Professor, University of Buenos Aires, 1998
Roger Revelle Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2000
Rossby Research Medal, American Meteorological Society, 2001


Summary of Professional Service   (1991-2000):  
1980 - 2000 Principal Investigator on the NASA Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite Science Team
1989 - HIRDLS science team (NASA)
1991-1993 Arctic Airborne Stratospheric Experiment II Science Team (NASA)
1992-1998 National Technical Advisory Committee, National Institutes of Global Environmental Change (DOE)
1993 Director, NATO Advanced Research Workshop "Stratosphere-Troposphere Exchange," Cambridge University, England
1994 Lecturer, Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics Summer School, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University
1994 Member, Swedish National Research Council International Review Panel for the Geosciences, Stockholm Sweden
1995-1997 Member, NRC Panel on Atmospheric Effects of Aviation
1999 - Member, Steering Committee for Center for Atmospheric Sciences, UC, Berkeley
2001 - Member, Advisory Board, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (Journal)
2003 Review panel for Department of Physics, University of Toronto



Holton, J. R., J. A. Curry, and J. A. Pyle (Eds.), 2003: Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, Academic Press, San Diego, 2780 pp.
Holton, J. R., 1992:  An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Third Edition. Academic Press, San Diego, 511 pp.
Andrews, D. G., J. R. Holton, and C. B. Leovy, 1987:  Middle Atmosphere Dynamics. Academic Press, 489 pp.
Holton, J. R., 1975:  The dynamic meteorology of the stratosphere and mesosphere. Meteor. Monographs, 15, American Meteorological Society, Boston, 218 pp.




Recent Publications:
Gettelman, A., J. R. Holton, and A. R. Douglass, 2000: Simulations of water vapor in the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere. J. Geophys. Res., 105, 9003-9023.
Piani, C., D. Durran, M.J. Alexander, and J.R. Holton, 2000:  A numerical study of three dimensional gravity waves triggered by deep tropical convection and their role in the dynamics of the QBO. J. Atmos. Sci., 57, 3689-3702.
Holton, J.R., and M.J. Alexander, 2000: The role of waves in the transport circulation of the middle atmosphere. Atmospheric Sciences Across the Stratopause, (D.E. Siskind, S. L. Ekermann, and  M. E. Summers, Eds.), American Geophysical Union, 21-35.
Holton, J. R., M. J. Alexander and M. T.  Boehm, 2001:  Evidence for short vertical wavelength Kelvin waves in the DOE-ARM Nauru99 radiosonde data. J. Geophys. Res., 106, 20,125-20,129.
Hartmann, D. L., J. R. Holton and Q. Fu, 2001: The heat balance of the tropical tropopause, cirrus, and stratospheric dehydration. Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 1969-1972.
Holton, J. R., and A. Gettelman, 2001: Horizontal transport and the dehydration of the stratosphere. Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 2799-2802.
Holton, J. R., J. H. Beres, and X. L. Zhou, 2002: On the vertical scale of gravity waves excited by localized thermal forcing. J. Atmos. Sci., 59, 2019–2023.
Zhou, X. L., and J. R. Holton, 2002: Intraseasonal variations of tropical cold-point tropopause temperatures. J. Climate, 15, 1460–1473.
Beres, J. H., M. J. Alexander, and J. R. Holton, 2002: Effects of tropospheric wind shear on the spectrum of convectively generated gravity waves. J. Atmos. Sci., 59, 1805–1824.
Eichelberger, S. J., and J. R. Holton, 2002: A mechanistic study of the Northern Annular Mode.J. Geophys. Res., 107, doi: 10.1029/2001JD001092, 2002.
Holton, J. R., J. A. Curry, and J. A. Pyle (eds.), 2003: Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences. Academic Press, London, 2780.