Workflows for gridded climate datasets

2019 Cyberseminar Series

Bart Nijssen / University of Washington
Diana Gergel / University of Washington

Talk Description

Climate change, forecasting, satellite datasets, large model ensembles ... Large gridded datasets are everywhere in hydrology and earth science. While accessing and analyzing these datasets required some serious programming skills not so long ago, a number of toolkits are now available that let you easily access, ingest, analyze and display gridded climate datasets. In this webinar we’ll discuss one of the most common file formats used in our field for large data sets, the Network Common Data Format (NetCDF), and step through a Jupyter notebook to showcase python packages, such as xarray and cartopy, that can be used to examine them. No prior experience required, although we will build on some of the skills you have acquired in earlier webinars in the series.

CUAHSI's 2019 Cyberseminar Series: Waterhackweek

Hosted by CUAHSI and University of Washington

Studies of water and environmental systems are becoming increasingly complex and require the integration of knowledge across multiple domains. At the same time, technological advances have enabled the collection of massive quantities of data for studying earth system changes. Fully leveraging these datasets and software tools requires fundamentally new approaches in the way researchers store, access and process data. Waterhackweek, supported by the National Science Foundation Cybertraining program, serves the national interest by motivating a culture shift within the hydrologic and more broadly earth science communities toward open and reproducible software practices that will enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and increase capacity for addressing complex science challenges around the availability, risks and use of water. This cyberseminar series consists of presentations from the Cybertraining investigators and research software developers, each focusing on a specific water-related use cases, tool, or library. Topics will consist of both introductory and advanced concepts that are relevant to a wide range of water and informatics use-cases, e.g. publishing large datasets, running numerical models, organizing collaborative research projects, and meeting journal requirements by following open data standards. The goal of the 2019 series is to prepare the incoming Waterhackweek (March 25-29, 2019) participants for the in-person capstone event in which their skills and creativity will be used to address natural hazards, however, these topics and technologies are also relevant to the broader water science community. We welcome all undergraduate, graduate, and early career scientists to join us in this public cyberseminar series.