Python-Focused Software Training Workshop at Millersville University

Millersville University

Millersville University in Pennsylvania will be hosting a Unidata Regional Software Training Workshop April 6-8, 2017. Unidata software developers will be leading the Python-focused workshop, which will cover the use of the MetPy and Siphon packages in the context of atmospheric science and introduce the National Weather Service's Common AWIPS Visualization Environment (CAVE) along with Python tools for working with AWIPS data services. A basic familiarity with Python is assumed — check out the Unidata Online Python Training for a refresher.

Unidata holds regional workshops in part to facilitate easy access to software training for those who may not be able to travel to training workshops held at the Unidata Program Center in Boulder, Colorado. Attendance is explicitly not limited to Millersville students and staff; we encourage those within easy travel distance to consider attending.

MetPy
Station plot created with MetPy

MetPy / Siphon Topics
  • Software carpentry for science w/git
  • Getting Python packages w/Conda
  • Jupyter notebook introduction
  • Numpy with intro to Matplotlib
  • Reading netCDF
  • Pythonic data analysis
  • Plotting upper air data with MetPy
  • Accessing model data with Siphon/MetPy
  • GINI satellite data with MetPy/Siphon
  • Surface data with Siphon/MetPy
AWIPS
The AWIPS interface

AWIPS Topics
  • CAVE Perspective overview (D2D and NCP)
  • Forecast models, satellite and radar imagery
  • Point & upper air obs, hazards, NSHARP
  • Map projections and product bundles
  • GEMPAK Capabilities in AWIPS
  • AWIPS site and user localization
  • Python API data access in the cloud
  • Grid rendering with Matplotlib
  • BUFR UA and sounding plots with MetPy
  • Imagery and polygon plots (Cartopy & Shapely)

For a more detailed schedule with links to the Jupyter notebooks that will be used in the workshop, see 2017 Regional Workshop at Millersville University.

The workshop cost is $25 for students, $50 for faculty/staff. Lunch will be provided. Lab computers will be available, or bring your laptop.

Registration closes on March 31, 2017. Seating is limited to 27 participants, so register early!

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For additional information, contact Dr. Richard Clark at Millersville University.

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