Unidata-Raytheon Merger Supports AWIPS II Effort

CAVE client
The UniRaytheData CAVE client

In response to growing interest in the National Weather Service's AWIPS II system among university faculty and students, insiders at the Unidata Program Center and Raytheon Company are reporting a merger of the two organizations “to better serve the AWIPS II community.”

Sources inside both organizations, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the pending regulatory approval of the arrangment, referred to the action as “a merger of equals.” Raytheon Company, based in Waltham, MA, comprises more than 60,000 employees around the world and has revenues in excess of US$20 billion per year. The Unidata Program Center (UPC) in Boulder, CO, has 24 staff members and is supported largely by grants from the National Science Foundation.

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Unidata Update: March 2015

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of March, 2015.

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Unidata to Launch Cloud Platform

UniLoon
UniLoon is the cloud-based platform for geoscience.

Unidata's Internet Data Distribution (IDD) system has been instrumental in moving geoscience data to U.S. universities for nearly 20 years, and hard-wired networks have played an important role in the growth of data-driven scientific discovery. But moving beyond the wired world is the next important step for cyberinfrastructure, which is why Unidata is proud to announce a new partnership between Unidata, Google, and select U.S. universities to bring truly cloud-based services to the geoscience community.

Building on Google's “Project Loon,” Unidata is introducing the UniLoon Cloud Platform.

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Unidata Program Center Welcomes Inken Purvis

Inken Purvis
Inken Purvis

The Unidata Program Center is pleased to welcome Inken Purvis to our staff. Inken joined us as an Administrative Assistant on March 2, 2015; she'll be the Program Center's new Travel Coordinator, among other administrative duties.

Prior to coming to the UPC, Inken has worked in a variety of marketing and administrative roles in the financial services, publishing, and (most recently) pharmaceutical sectors. Her experience doing meeting support, event planning, and travel arrangement fills an obvious need here at the Program Center, but that's just a beginning.

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NCL Version 6.3.0

NCL

NCAR's Computational & Information Systems Laboratory released version 6.3.0 of the NCAR Command Language (NCL) on March 18, 2015.

NCL is a free interpreted language designed specifically for scientific data processing and visualization. It is a self-contained, array-based scripting language developed in close collaboration with scientists at NCAR and an active international user community that is specialized for analyzing and visualizing geoscientific data. It provides robust file input and output for a variety of commonly used scientific formats, including various flavors of NetCDF, HDF, GRIB, and shapefiles. NCL also contains hundreds of analysis functions and enables the creation of high quality custom-tailored 2D visualizations.

For more information about this release, including download instructions, see What's new in the current release

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