International Activities and Collaborations
March 25, 2010
Strategic Focus Areas
These efforts support three of the funding proposal's six focus
1. Broadening participation and expanding community services
4. Enhancing user support services
6. Promoting diversity by expanding opportunities
UPC International outreach activities remain largely
unchanged since the last User Committee meeting in Fall, 2010.
- Unidata conducted a demo/hands-on session for the IDV and
RAMADDA at the University of Vienna, Austria on April 7. This
effort fulfilled a request by Vanda Grubiic, a past member of
the Unidata Policy Committee (rotated off in 2010); current
co-chair of the Atmospheric Science department at the University
of Vienna; and future head of NCAR/EOL (position starts on July
1, 2011). This activity was possible due to separately funded
Unidata staff participation in the European Geophysical Union
(EGU) annual meeting that was held in Vienna on April 4-8.
- Unidata will conduct an LDM/IDV/RAMADDA/THREDDS hands-on session at
the WRF in the Middle East training workshop that will be
held in Cyprus on May 2 - May 8. Students will be lead through
exercises that will demonstrate how freely-available Unidata
tools can be used in support of local modeling and
- A variety of groups in UCAR, including
Unidata, actively sought and were awarded funding from
Google.org for support of the development of a prototype Earth
Gauging System in Africa. Initial activities in this effort
have been aimed at numerical weather forecasting in support of
meningitis epidemic management in northern Ghana. Unidata's
role is centered on application of its technologies in support
of research and data accumulation and dissemination efforts.
Unidata software packages that are/will be prominently featured
in this effort are the LDM/IDD, IDV, RAMADDA, THREDDS, and the
ADDE component of McIDAS-X.
- Unidata hosted Earth and Space Science
Informatics (ESSI) sessions at the EUMETSAT 2010 Users
Conference held in Cordoba, Spain in September, 2010. Tom
Yoksas was the Scientific Programme Committee representative for
ESSI for this meeting.
This invited section (invited by Volker Gaertner, PI for the
meeting and Head of Training in EUMETSAT) was successful enough
(approx. 50 audience members in all sessions) that EUMETSAT
wants to include the section in the program for its 2011 Users
Conference that will be held in Oslo, Norway in September, 2011.
- Unidata hosted two Earth and Space Science
Informatics (ESSI) sessions at the AGU 2010 Joint Assembly in
Iguassu Falls, Brazil in August, 2010. It also conducted a one
day short course on Data Access, Use and Sharing on the Sunday
immediately before the meeting.
Tom Yoksas was the ESSI Program Committee representative for the
meeting and proposed, designed, and led the short course along
with colleagues from INPE/CPTEC in Brazil (Waldenio Gambi de
Almeida), the Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal (Guilherme
Chagas), and CICESE in Baja, Mexico (Luis Farfan).
The short course was a logical follow-up to the Latin American
Data Workshop that was held on the Universidade de São
Paulo campus in São Paulo, Brazil on August 21-23, 2008.
It focused on availability and use of ESSI-related Unidata
offerings: LDM/IDD, IDV, THREDDS, RAMADDA and also highlighted
capabilities made available by NOAA/NCDC (NOMADS), INPE/CPTEC
(BUFR package), and CICESE (Mexico, application of Unidata
products in the forecast of Baja Mexico hurricanes).
- Data from UCAR GOES East/West/South
ingest systems have been routinely accessed by international
users in North, Central and South America using McIDAS-X, IDV,
- Use of Unidata tools, especially netCDF
and the IDV, continues to grow internationally
- IDD-Brazil continues to expand in Africa
by Tom Yoksas