In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of June, 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:
|24 July||The 2020 MetPy User Survey closes.|
|29 July||Abstracts are due for the AGU 2020 Fall Meeting.|
|31 July||The AWIPS Dataset Survey closes.|
|3 August||Abstracts are due for the AMS 2021 Meeting.|
|21 September||Abstracts are due for the AMS 2021 Student Conference.|
Highlights from last month:
Tiffany Meyer joined the Unidata Program Center software development team on May 18th, 2020. Before joining Unidata, Tiffany had been at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) — a collaborative research facility sponsored by the University of Oklahoma — for the past 8 years.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is accepting nominations for its Board of Trustees, President's Advisory Committee on University Relations, and Membership committees.
Version 4.5.3 of the netCDF-Fortran library is now available.
Version 4.9.3 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.
The Unidata THREDDS Development Team released updated versions of the THREDDS Data Server (TDS) and netCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library on June 17, 2020.
The 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in will be held 10–14 January 2021 in New Orleans, LA. The American Geophysical Union's 2020 Fall Meeting in will be held 7-11 December 2020 in San Francisco, CA. Organizers of the AMS meeting are still in the process of determining how best to hold the 2021 meeting. AGU organizers have declared that the 2020 Fall meeting will be “mostly virtual” but may also organize in-person regional events.
Unidata's AWIPS development team is looking for input from users of Unidata's AWIPS distribution. A short survey with questions about data sets and features is available until July 31, 2020.
The MetPy development team is looking for anyone who has used MetPy to take the 2020 MetPy Users Survey.
On the Developer's Blog
Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. This month we see a description of the circumstances that necessitated an unscheduled release of the THREDDS Data Server and netCDF-Java library, along with an update on Unidata's work to provide support for the Zarr data model in the netCDF-C library. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series looks at working with timezones, tracking a tropical storm using the buoy network, and working with GRIB files.
Governing Committee News
Unidata's Users Committee met 2-3 April 2020 in a virtual meeting. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The next meeting will be a virtual meeting held September 10-11, 2020.
Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 20-21 April 2020 in a virtual meeting. The date of the next meeting is To Be Determined.