Workshops & Colloquia

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Computer Science, Mathematics & Data for the Geosciences

Scientific Computing: Training, Workshops & Seminars from CISL
NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab

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).

Applied Mathematics & Statistics for the Geosciences: IMAGe Workshops
NCAR/CISL Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences

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.

Data Processing and Visualization: NCAR Command Language Workshops
NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab and NCAR Climate & Global Dynamics Lab

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 below for upcoming sessions. Information about hosting a workshop at your institution is also available.

Streaming Geoscience Data for Classrooms & Labs: Unidata Workshops
UCAR Unidata Program Center

Training Workshops
Software training workshops focus on Unidata's data management, display, and analysis tools. The workshops feature the display and analysis packages IDV, AWIPS II, and GEMPAK; data access and management tools including the Local Data Manager (LDM) and the THREDDS Data Server (TDS); and a popular session on using the Python language with Unidata's tools and data access mechanisms. Unidata's training workshops are developed and presented by the software developers and support staff for each package, so you can be sure to get your questions answered.

Users Workshop
The Unidata Users Workshop takes place 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.

Seminar Series
Unidata seminars are webcast live and archived for later viewing.

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Community Models for Weather & Climate

Simulating Climate & the Earth System: CESM Modeling Tutorials & Annual Workshop
Community Earth System Model Steering Committee

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).

Developmental Testbed Center Tutorials & Workshops
NCAR Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab and NCAR RAL/Developmental Testbed Center

A number of annual tutorials for each software package supported by the DTC are held at either NCAR or the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. Software packages include the Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation and Ensemble Kalman Filter data assimilation packages, the Hurricane WRF forecast system, the NOAA Environmental Modeling System (NEMS) Nonhydrostatic Multiscale Model on the B-grid (NMMB), and the Model Evaluation Tools (MET) verification package. Tutorials include lectures given by system experts and one-on-one assistance during practical sessions.

DTC hosts a variety of workshops that bring together the research and operational communities to discuss key topics related to advancing the skill of numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems. Past events have focused on physics parameterizations, data assimilation techniques, tropical cyclone forecast systems, ensemble systems, and verification techniques. Check the link below for upcoming events.

Weather Research & Forecasting Model: WRF Modeling Tutorials & Users Workshop

NCAR Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab and 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 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.

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Observing the Atmosphere

Tools for Observing the Atmosphere: EOL Facilities Workshops
NCAR Earth Observing Lab

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.

Observing with Radio Occultation: COSMIC Meetings & Workshops
UCAR Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate Program

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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Solar Physics, Astrophysics & Heliophysics

Heliophysics Summer School
UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs and NASA

Scientists, graduate students, and teaching faculty come together to learn about and help develop the science of heliophysics during the week-long summer school, which is sponsored by NASA's Living With a Star program. The focus is on the fundamental plasma physics behind many aspects of space weather and on developing teaching materials at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.

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