Unidata Update: May 2015

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of May, 2015.

GIS Tutorials for the Atmospheric Sciences

GIS tools

The Geographic Information Systems program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) seeks to foster sharing of knowledge about the Earth system using GIS tools. The program encompasses a number of projects aimed at integrating natural and social sciences data in GIS, improving spatial the accuracy and usability of weather and climate models, and building capacity in the atmospheric science community.

High-Resolution NAVGEM Model Output Available from HIWPP

HIWPP

The High Impact Weather Prediction Project (HIWPP) team has announced that output from the experimental, high-resolution NAVGEM model has been added to the HIWPP Open Data Initiative Real-time Data service.

Unidata Users Workshop Registration Extended

2015 Users Workshop

Registration for the 2015 Undiata Users Workshop remains open.

The Unidata Users Committee invites you to join Unidata staff, community members, and distinguished speakers this June in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of this year's workshop is to raise awareness of important new trends in geoscience technology, including cloud computing, data management, and the place of the Python language in geoscience computing infrastructure. The workshop is a chance for the academic community and share hands-on activities, course materials, and ideas for improving research and education.

2015 Community Equipment Awards

Community

Unidata is happy to announce the Community Equipment Award recipients for 2015. Five institutions received funding this year:

  • Plymouth State University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Western Kentucky University

NetCDF-Java library and TDS version 4.6.1

TDS

The NetCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.1 were released on May 15, 2015. The development team recommends this upgrade for anyone using the CDM or TDS.

NetCDF operators (NCO) version 4.4.9

NCO

Version 4.4.9 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.

MetPy: An Open Source Python Toolkit for Meteorology

Python

MetPy is an Open Source project aimed at providing a Pythonic library for meteorological data analysis that meshes well with the rest of the scientific Python ecosystem. The project heavily leverages the work already done by the Numpy, Scipy, and Matplotlib projects, and adds on top functionality specific to meteorology: plotting (e.g. Skew-Ts), calculations, and reading files (e.g. WSR-88D NIDS files).

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 some recent additions to AWIPS II and developer Sean Arms talks about THREDDS and Java 8.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met March 26-27, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be a joint meeting with the Strategic Advisory Committee held 30 September - 2 October, 2015 in Boulder, CO.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee (formerly the Policy Committee) met 22-23 April, 2015 at Millersville University. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be a joint meeting with the Users Committee held 30 September - 2 October, 2015 in Boulder, CO.

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