In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of September, 2015.
Version 4.5.2 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 NetCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.3 were released on August 31st, 2015. The development team recommends this upgrade for anyone using the CDM or TDS.
The Unidata Program Center is pleased to welcome new members to the program's governing committees. Committee members normally serve three-year terms; terms are finishing up for six members of the Users committee and three members of the Strategic Advisory committee. New members and those finishing their terms will overlap for one meeting, which will take place at the end of September.
Unidata's AWIPS II package 14.4.1 is available If you are upgrading from 14.2.1 to 14.4.1, it is required that you completely uninstall your 14.2.1 instance before installing 14.4.1, to ensure that all required packages are installed.
As a part of its 2015 Outreach Program, UCAR's COMET Program has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for National Water Center (NWC) Cooperative and Partners Projects. Proposals can be submitted immediately, with a deadline of October 15, 2015 for NWC cooperative projects.
Thanks to a Unidata Community Equipment Award grant coupled with some local resources, Metropolitan State University in Denver has been able to successfully bring the National Weather Service's AWIPS II forecasting system into the classroom. Professor Sam Ng used AWIPS II alongside Unidata's Integrated Data Viewer as core tools in the Spring 2015 “Weather Analysis Techniques” course for undergraduate meteorology majors, and has continued using AWIPS II in the Fall semester.
The AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide cloud-computing resources to advance solutions to community challenges related to natural resources, climate change and natural hazards. Together, they have issued a Sharing Solutions Challenge with the title “Using Earth and space science and cloud computing to advance community solutions.”
On the Developer's Blog
Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. Most recently, developer Michael James describes using MRMS (Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor) products available as grids in the latest release of the AWIPS II package.