Unidata Update: July 2019

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of July, 2019.

Upcoming deadlines to be aware of:

1 August Abstracts for the AMS 2020 Annual Meeting are due. Note that abstract submission deadlines for some symposia have been extended. You can find a current list of submission deadlines here.

Highlights from last month:

NetCDF operators (NCO) version 4.8.1

netCDF Operators

Version 4.8.1 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.

Fresh IDV Videos on YouTube

IDV Videos on YouTube

A number of new screencasts describing concepts and techniques related to using Unidata's Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) have been posted to the Unidata YouTube channel. The videos were created as part of Unidata 2019 intern Jessica Blunt's summer projects, and cover a variety of basic IDV tasks using the most recent IDV release (version 5.6).

Note: Since the original post was published, Jessica has created numerous additional videos dealing with intermediate and advanced topics in the IDV.

Python-Focused Software Training Workshop at Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana will be hosting a Unidata Regional Software Training Workshop August 12-13, 2019. Unidata software developers will be leading the two-day Python-focused workshop, which will cover the use of the MetPy and Siphon packages in the context of atmospheric science. A basic familiarity with Python is assumed — check out the Unidata Online Python Training site for a refresher.

Unidata is looking for an AWIPS Software Developer

AWIPS

The Unidata Program Center is hiring! We are looking for a lead software developer to help us help our community of scientists access the Earth system science data that fuels their research. You'll collaborate with other Unidata developers to test, support, maintain, and develop Unidata software products and real-time data streams. You will work closely with end-users and other Unidata developers to identify community needs for software and data, and participate in Unidata’s efforts to meet those needs. This position will focus on development of and support for the AWIPS package.

Unidata Program Center Welcomes Zach Bruick

Zach Burick

Zach Bruick joined the Unidata Program Center (UPC) team on June 3, 2019 as a Software Engineer. After finishing his Master's degree in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in May, he has jumped in to apply his talents to Unidata's mix of science, software development, and training activities.

NetCDF-Java library and TDS version 4.6.14 Released

TDS

The Unidata THREDDS Development Team is happy to announce that the netCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.14 were released on July 29th, 2019.

NetCDF-Java library version 5.0.0 Released

netCDF-Java

The Unidata THREDDS Development Team is happy to announce that the netCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library version 5.0.0 was released on July 29th, 2019.

THREDDS Data Server version 5.0.0-beta7 Released

TDS

The Unidata THREDDS Development Team is happy to announce that the THREDDS Data Servern (TDS) version 5.0.0-beta7 was released on July 29th, 2019.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. July saw several posts describing Unidata's efforts to meld the netCDF enhanced data model (netCDF-4) with the Zarr data model for object storage. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series looked at frequency domain analysis, data smoothing, Storm Prediction Center maps, and the NumPy axis argument.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met 21-22 March 2019, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting is scheduled for 21-22 March 2019 in Boulder, CO. The next meeting will be a joint meeting with the Strategic Advisory Committee held 1-3 October 2019 in Boulder, CO.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 16-17 April 2019 in at Pensylvania State University in State College, PA. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be a joint meeting with the Users Committee held 1-3 October 2019 in Boulder, CO.

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