Unidata Update: June 2016

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of June, 2016.

What's new in IDV 5.3

IDV

The Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) version 5.3 is now available. This version of IDV has notable system, display, and data improvements.

Unidata AWIPS 16.1.5

AWIPS II

Updates to 16.1.5 include the ability to localize to any WFO, full support for UNIWISC McIDAS imagery, ESRL/GSD experimental HRRR decoding, colorized precipitation surface observations, image interpolation and colormap updates, as well as general fixes to D2D, NCP, and GFE perspectives.

Welcome Summer Intern Alex Haberile

Alex Haberile

Alex Haberile joined the Unidata Program Center team as a software development summer intern on May 23rd, 2016. Alex is working on his PhD at Northern Illinois University, writing a dissertation on the climatology of mesoscale convective systems. Prior to beginning his dissertation, Alex earned his Masters, also at Northern Illinois University, in Geography with an emphasis in meteorology and his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Welcome Summer Intern Kristen Pozsonyi

Kristen Pozsonyi

Kristen Pozsonyi joined the Unidata Program Center team as a software development summer intern May 23rd, 2016. Kristen is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Millersville University, with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.

EarthCube All Hands Meeting

EarthCube

The National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthCube initiative is a community-driven project aimed at creating an integrated environment for the sharing of geoscience data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner. All members of the geoscience community are invited to participate in the 2016 EarthCube All Hands Meeting, to be held July 6-8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

NetCDF-Java library and TDS version 4.6.6 Released

TDS

The NetCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.6 releases were finished on June 13th, 2016.

Call for Partners: Unidata Pilot Project to Implement Data Management Processes

DMRC

Unidata is searching for a second round of geoscience researchers or research groups to participate in an NSF-funded pilot project aimed at implementing publicly-available, robust data management workflows. The initial round of this project assisted three atmospheric science projects that collected data including model output, airplane-based lidar data, and observations from a large field campaign. The second round seeks to identify additional community partners with different data management requirements.

Community Highlight: Millersville University and Their Involvement in the PECAN Field Study

PECAN

In the summer of 2015, from June 1st to July 15th, a fleet of scientists set out each evening in the Midwest. Their goal? To gain insight on the nocturnal mesoscale convective storms (MCS's) that plague America's heartland. While MCS's are necessary for irrigation and the replenishing of aquifers, often these storms can become vicious; especially at night when they are least detected.

Project Coordinator: EarthCube Science Support Office

EarthCube

The National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthCube initiative is a community-driven project aimed at creating an integrated environment for the sharing of geoscience data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner. The community-based EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO) is looking to hire a Project Coordinator.

Western Kentucky University Students Dive Into AWIPS II

WKU Student

The Bachelor of Science Meteorology Program at Western Kentucky University, housed within the Department of Geography and Geology, is currently the only meteorology program in Kentucky and Tennessee that meets all Federal Civil Service requirements for employment by the National Weather Service. WKU used its Unidata Equipment Award grant to install AWIPS II EDEX and CAVE systems.

Upcoming Workshop: The Rescue of Data At Risk

CODATA

A workshop on The Rescue of Data At Risk will be held in Boulder, Colorado, on 8-9 September 2016, in association with International Data Week, taking place the following week in Denver.

Communication Specialist: EarthCube Science Support Office

EarthCube

The National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthCube initiative is a community-driven project aimed at creating an integrated environment for the sharing of geoscience data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner. The community-based EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO) is looking to hire a Communications Specialist.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. Most recently, developer Ryan May explores using the Python Matplotlib module in the context of the atmospheric sciences.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met 11-12 April 2016, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 26-27 September 2016 in Boulder, CO.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 7-8 April, 2016 at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 6-7 October 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.

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