[CentralOH] AMS Short Course on Using Python in Climate and Meteorology

Nick Albright nick.albright at gmail.com
Fri Oct 22 00:59:13 CEST 2010

Nice! = )

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM, Eric Floehr <eric at intellovations.com>wrote:

> *
> I was super excited to find out that the American Meteorological Society is
> putting on a two-day Python course before their huge annual meeting, which
> this coming year will be in Seattle.  I just had to share :-)...
> AMS Short Course on Using Python in Climate and Meteorology, 22–23 January
> 2011, Seattle, WA *
>       The AMS Short Course on Using Python in Climate and Meteorology will
> be held on January 22–23, 2011 preceding the 91st AMS Annual Meeting in
> Seattle, WA. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general
> information will be posted on the AMS Web site (
> http://www.ametsoc.org/MEET/annual/index.html) at a later date.
>       In recent years the use of Python in the climate and meteorological
> communities has seen a sharp increase. Many powerful tools have been
> developed in Python and have reach maturity, such as, for example the
> Climate Data Analysis Tools (CDAT). In parallel the success of
> Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fourth Assessment report (IPCC
> AR4) has led to new technologies relying heavily on the Python programming
> language for their user interface (e.g. the Earth System Grid).
>       Unfortunately both these communities still have deep roots into
> FORTRAN programming, and the transition to the next generation of tools
> isn’t necessarily easy.
>       The goal of the course is to help the student to become familiar with
> Python programming in general and Python tools in the climate/meteorological
> communities in particular. It should help “demystify” Python and
> “object-oriented” programming. But the course is also targeting users with
> Python experience. It aims at helping more experienced programmers to
> sharpen their skills and discover new tools and techniques they can bring
> back into their every-day work.
>       The course will be divided into 4 parts. The first part will present
> the Python programming language. The second part will introduce users to the
> most advanced Python-based set of tools available to the community: CDAT.
> The third part will demonstrate how to use Python to access one of the most
> extensive data resources available: the Earth System Grid. The last part
> will be a case study of integrative atmospheric science modeling and
> analysis using Python.
>       The course format consists of two days of lectures mixed with hands
> on laboratory session with exercises that can be completed any time during
> the conference. The person responsible for the course is Charles Doutriaux,
> Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI), at Lawrence
> Livermore National Laboratory.
>       Students will be on their own for lunch both days. Students should
> bring a fully-charged laptop with wireless card to the course.
>       For more information please contact Charles Doutriaux at PCMDI,
> L-103, LLNL, 7000 East ave, Livermore, CA, 94550 (tel: 925-422-1487; email:
> doutriaux1 at llnl.gov ). (9/10)
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