Python-Focused Software Training Workshop at the University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin, Madison will be hosting a three-day Unidata Regional Software Training Workshop June 5-7, 2017, with an optional hackathon following on June 8. 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 University of Wisconsin 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
  • Conda and package management
  • Jupyter notebooks
  • Time series plotting
  • Upper air and the Skew-T Log-P
  • Surface data with Siphon/MetPy
  • Working with satellite data
  • Accessing model data with Siphon/MetPy
  • Command line tool creation
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)

The MetPy/Siphon sessions will be Monday and Tuesday June 5-6; the AWIPS session will be Wednesday June 7. You can register for either the MetPy/Siphon, session, the AWIPS session, or both. (Note that the AWIPS session will take advantage of some of the techniques introduced in the MetPy/Siphon session, so if you're interested in AWIPS but new to working with git and Conda, consider signing up for all three days.) For a more detailed schedule with links to the Jupyter notebooks that will be used in the workshop, see 2017 Regional Workshop at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The workshop cost is $25, which includes all the sessions you choose to attend. Lab computers will be available, or bring your laptop.

Registration closes on May 26, 2017. Seating is limited to 30 participants, so register early!

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For additional information, contact Pete Pokrandt at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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