In case you missed it — here's a wrap-up of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of August, 2012.
Climate Change research is becoming an ever more data intensive and oriented scientific activity. Petabytes of climate data are continuously produced, delivered, accessed, and processed by scientists and researchers at multiple sites at an international level. The Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC) and the University of Salento in Italy are using equipment purchased with a Unidata Community Equipment Grant to help students study climate change issues at both global and regional (Mediterranean area) scales.
The Unidata netCDF group announces the 188.8.131.52 release of the netCDF C libraries. Version 184.108.40.206 includes fixes for two problems found in version 4.2.1 that we regarded as serious enough to warrant this interim release
Version 4.2.1 of the netCDF Operators (NCO) has been released. NCO is an Open Source package that consists of a dozen standalone, command-line programs that take netCDF files as input, then operate (e.g., derive new data, average, print, hyperslab, manipulate metadata) and output the results to screen or files in text, binary, or netCDF formats.
Unidata Program Center developer John Caron has been thinking a lot about HDF5's Dimension Scales, how they relate to netCDF's Shared Dimensions, and why data should be written with the netCDF-4 library using Shared Dimensions.
On August 21, 2012, NCEP upgraded the Short-Range Ensemble Forecast System (SREF). SREF output is delivered to Unidata community members via the CONDUIT data stream.
The 2012 Unidata Software Training Workshops will be held October 22 - November 7 at the Unidata Program Center in Boulder, Colorado. Unidata's training workshops are created and presented by the software developers and support staff for each package, so you can be sure to get your questions answered!
The Unidata Program Center is pleased to welcome six new members to the program's governing committees. Committee members normally serve three-year terms; terms are finishing up for three members of the Users committee and three members of the Policy committee. New members and those finishing their terms will overlap for one meeting, which will take place in mid-September, 2012.
Version 3.1 of the Integrated Data Viewer is available.