Unidata Update: May 2021

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of May, 2021.

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.

Highlights from last month:

AWIPS Tips: Display Capabilities in CAVE

AWIPS Tips

The AWIPS Tips series discusses ways to use multiple editors in the CAVE environment to suit your forecasting workflows.

Extended: 2021 DeSouza Award Nominations

DeSouza Award

The deadline for nominations for the Russell L. DeSouza Award has been extended to 11 June, 2021.

EarthCube 2021 Annual Meeting

EarthCube

The National Science Foundation's EarthCube program welcomes those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences to attend the 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting, to be held virtually June 15-17, 2021.

NetCDF operators (NCO) version 4.9.9

NetCDF

Version 4.9.9 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.

New: Downloadable Resources from COMET MetEd University Course Support

COMET MetEd

The COMET program's University Course Support collection is intended to support university faculty and students in their increasingly virtual learning by mapping MetEd lesson content to U.S. university meteorology course curricula. Instructors can now download images and animations associated with the MetEd lessons.

AWIPS Tips: Time Tips

AWIPS Tips

The AWIPS Tips series discusses how CAVE handles displaying multiple datasets with different time intervals.

Toward Standardized Digital Representations of Units of Measurement

CoDATA

Unidata software developer Steven Emmerson has joined the Digital Representation of Units of Measure (DRUM) Task Group, which aims to raise the profile of the digital representation of units of measure in research communities, representative and governing bodies, and with funders.

Meet Unidata's 2021 Summer Interns

2021 Summer Interns

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Unidata Program Center is working with three software development interns via a “virtual internship” program this summer. Even though we're not in the office, we're happy to have these three students with us for the summer of 2021.

Unidata Program Center Welcomes Rio McMahon

Rio McMahon

Rio McMahon joined the Unidata Program Center on May 17th, 2021 as a Machine Learning Specialist. This is a new area of focus for the Unidata Program, and Rio will be helping to identify ways in which machine learning can be leveraged to support geoscience research.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. Last month, developer Dennis Heimbigner outlines a proposed process by which Unidata's NCZarr (netCDF Zarr) storage format will be able to utilize existing HDF5 filters. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series tackles speeding up Pandas DataFrame operations and looks at using Python for machine learning applications.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee spring 2021 session consisted of two virtual meetings February and one in May.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee spring 2021 session consisted of two virtual meetings in February and one in late April.

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