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Scientific Computing: Training, Workshops & Seminars from CISL
NCAR Computational & Information Systems Laboratory
CISL training for the university user community includes in-house and online sessions ranging from introductory overviews of our supercomputing and data facilities to programmer's tools for scientific computing. Travel support for attendees from minority serving institutions or EPSCoR state institutions may be available from CISL's Research and Supercomputing Visitor Program (RSVP).
IMAGe workshops may focus on a theme, such as Mathematicians and Climate or the Interaction of Simulation and Numerical Methods. Other sessions may focus on a user community, such as users of data from the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program.
NCAR Command Language is a free interpreted language designed specifically for scientific data processing and visualization. NCL workshops are tailored to students and researchers in the Earth sciences who are interested in learning how to use the language to analyze their data. Workshops at NCAR in Boulder are free and generally last 3.5 days. See the NCL website at the link above for upcoming sessions. Information about hosting a workshop at your institution is also available.
Software training workshops focus on Unidata's data management, display, and analysis tools. The training workshops are developed and presented by the software developers and support staff for each package. The analysis and display packages are McIDAS, GEMPAK, and IDV. The data access and management tools are the Local Data Manager (LDM), the network Common Data Form (netCDF), and THREDDS software for cataloging, browsing, and accessing remote data and metadata.
The Users Workshop takes place over five days, every three years, to introduce new topics, such as operational and experimental observations in geoscience education. Workshop themes originate in Unidata's Users Committee and focus on concepts or tools for education or research or both. Lectures by experts and hands-on lab instruction create a relaxed, active learning atmosphere among peers.
Unidata seminars are webcast live and archived for later viewing.
The annual CESM workshop features meetings and presentations involving the component working groups during three summer days in Breckenridge, Colorado. Live webcasts, when available, enable remote participants to attend. See the website for tutorial information. The CESM is the successor to the Community Climate System Model (CCSM).
NCAR/NESL Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Division & NCAR/RAL Developmental Testbed Center
Tutorials are held twice a year at NCAR, summer and winter, for this widely used community mesoscale numerical weather prediction system. WRF (pronounced "worf") serves both operational forecasting and atmospheric research needs.
- Basics: Components of both Advanced Research WRF (WRF-ARW) and the Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM), hands-on practice sessions
- Advanced: WRF Chemistry, WRF Data Assimilation, Model Evaluation Tools
Annual WRF Users Workshop
WRF Workshop Planning Committee
This weeklong summer meeting in Boulder focuses on WRF model development and testing. The call for papers typically includes topics such as model numerics and physics, model verification, regional climate, hurricanes and other high-impact weather, data assimilation, ensemble forecasting, and atmospheric chemistry.
Tools for Observing the Atmosphere: EOL Facilities Workshops
NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory
EOL hosts a variety of workshops for the university atmospheric and geosciences community, including the NSF Facilities Users' Workshop, the International Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling, the AVAPS Dropsonde Users Group Workshop, and more. Check EOL's workshop website for upcoming opportunities.
COSMIC organizes science meetings, data users' workshops, and student gatherings in the United States and internationally to share results and plan collaborations based on COSMIC/FORMOSAT-3 satellite data and the new COSMIC-2 mission scheduled for launch in 2016, as well as ground-based GPS projects. Themes may include applications to global weather forecasting, climate topics, and structure of the ionosphere.
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