Unidata Update: August 2020

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of August, 2020.

UCAR continues to follow physical distancing guidelines, and Unidata Program Center staff are continuing to work from home at this time. We're all still available by e-mail and other electronic means to help with your data and software needs. Please don't hesitate to write to us if there is something we can do to help keep your science up and running.

Upcoming deadlines to be aware of:

21 September Abstracts are due for the AMS 2021 Student Conference.

Highlights from last month:

Offer: Unidata Science Gateway JupyterHub Resources Available for Fall 2020 Courses

Jupyterhub

For the fall 2020 term, Unidata is once again offering to provide universities (or individual instructors) access to cloud-based JupyterHub servers tailored to the needs of university atmospheric science courses and workshops. By using the Unidata Science Gateway, instructors can add Jupyter notebooks used in their coursework to a dedicated JupyterHub hosted using Unidata’s resources in the NSF Jetstream cloud. Once logged in to the JupyterHub, individual students access pre-configured computing environments that allow them to work with the notebooks interactively, making and saving their own alterations to existing notebooks or creating their own new notebooks.

MetPy 0.12.2 Released

MetPy

MetPy 0.12.2 has been released with fixes for a few bugs in 0.12.1, most importantly compatibility with CartoPy 0.18 as well as matplotlib 3.3.

Further Extension of AMS Meeting Abstract Deadline

AMS 2021

The 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in will be held 10–14 January 2021 in New Orleans, LA. This year's theme is “Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service.” The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to 31 August 2020.

Unidata Welcomes New committee Members

New committee members

The Unidata Program Center is pleased to welcome new members to the program's governing committees. Committee members serve three-year terms, meeting twice each year to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the Unidata Program and advise staff on issues facing the university community. Appointments reflect the range of large and small colleges and universities with undergraduate and graduate emphases where Unidata systems are in use. Read on for a brief introduction to the scientists joining Unidata's committees.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series looks at working with the HURDAT2 hurricane database, automatic code formatting, and making GeoJSON FeatureCollections.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee will meet in a virtual meeting September 10-11, 2020. Follow-on meetings will take place in November 2020, with dates to be determined.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met in a virtual meeting August 6-7, 2020. Follow-on meetings will take place in October 2020, with dates to be determined.

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