Unidata Update: December 2022

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of December, 2022.

We at the Unidata Program Center wish you a Happy New Year, and we're hoping to see you at the AMS meeting in Denver! Be sure to visit EIPT Session 9A — Community Driven: Unidata Projects Enhancing Geoscience Teaching and Research on Wednesday, January 11th from 8:30 - 10:00am in Room 302. See the schedule linked below or browse to Unidata's AMS Page.

Highlights from last month:

Ryan Abernathey Receives 2022 DeSouza Award

Ryan Abernathey

Ryan Abernathey of Columbia University has been awarded the 2022 Russell L. DeSouza Award by the Unidata Users committee. The DeSouza Award honors “substantive and sustained contributions of energy and expertise to the geosciences community that reflect the ideals of the Unidata Program's mission” to better serve the geosciences.

Call for Proposals: Unidata 2023 Community Equipment Awards

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The Unidata Program Center is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Unidata Community Equipment Awards solicitation. Created under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, Unidata equipment awards are intended to encourage new members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the geosciences to join the Unidata community, and to encourage existing members to continue their active participation, enhancing the community process. For 2023, a total of $100,000 is available for awards; proposals for amounts up to $20,000 will be considered.

Unidata Summer Student Internships Available!

Boulder, CO

Do you use Unidata software packages? Do you love to write code or teach others about data-centered Earth System Science? Maybe you're just interested in the interplay of science and data? The Unidata Summer Internship program is looking for you! The Unidata Summer Internship offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work with Unidata Program Center staff on projects drawn from a wide variety of areas in the atmospheric and computational sciences.

AWIPS Tips: Porting Users CAVE Configurations


If you have a group of students who have made procedures, colormaps, displays, etc. (user configurations) in your local AWIPS system, read this Tip to learn about upgrading your EDEX without losing those configurations.

Unidata Staff at AMS 2023 Meeting

AMS 2023 Annual Meeting

Members of the Unidata Program Center staff will be attending the 103rd annual American Meteorology Society meeting, to be held 8-12 January 2023 in Denver, CO. Read on for a schedule listing sessions or posters presented by staff members. We'll also be hosting short courses, student workshops, and spending time in the UCAR booth (#423) in the main Exhibit hall.

Offer: Unidata Science Gateway JupyterHub Resources Available for Spring 2023 Courses


Since 2018, Unidata has been offering JupyterHub resources tailored to the instructional requirements of university atmospheric science classes through the Science Gateway project. In that time, nearly 850 users — mostly undergraduates in atmospheric science programs — have been able to take advantage of cloud-based resources to access pre-configured computational notebooks for learning and teaching objectives.

For the Spring 2023 term, Unidata is once again offering universities (or individual instructors) access to cloud-based JupyterHub servers tailored to the requirements of university atmospheric science courses and workshops. Unidata will work with you to customize the technologies and data requirements for your class.

And a reminder:

2023 Unidata Users Workshop: Save the Date

Unidata Users Workshop

The Unidata Users Committee invites you to join Unidata staff, community members, and guests for a community workshop to take place 5-8 June 2023 as a hybrid (in-person and/or virtual) event hosted in Boulder, Colorado.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. In December the MetPy Mondays series looks at converting Pandas DataFrames to XArray DataSets, finding magnetic declination, and using XArray's Groupby feature.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met in joint session with the Strategic Advisory Committee on November 14-15, 2022 in Boulder, CO. Dates for the spring committee meeting will be announced shortly.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met in joint session with the Users Committee on November 14-15, 2022 in Boulder, CO. Dates for the spring committee meeting will be announced shortly.


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