February 2018 NCL Workshop

This web page is for students registered for the following NCL workshop:

February 6-9, 2018
Corporate Technical Training Center
3085 Center Green Drive, Building CG-2, Room 3024
Boulder, Colorado

We will use this page to provide up-to-date information about the workshop, hotel rooms for out-of-town guests, any schedule changes, links to sample scripts we develop in the workshop, and any other information that may be useful.

We strongly encourage people who are attending this workshop to come ready with some data they would like to analyze using NCL. If you can provide the instructors with your datasets before the workshop, then they will create some NCL scripts for you before the workshop starts. We may also use these scripts for interactive demos in the class, if permission is granted.

If you have some datasets you'd like to provide before the workshop, see these instructions for uploading your data.

Workshop schedule

Note: the schedule below is tentative and may change slightly to accommodate instructors' and/or students' schedules. We will update this schedule if there are any changes. [Printable schedule, also subject to change.]

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Check-in and pick up workshop materials
NCL Language Basics lecture with interactive sessions
NCL Language Basics lecture/sessions continued
NCL File Input/Output lecture with interactive sessions
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch on your own
1:00 - 5:00 PM
NCL File Input/Output lecture/sessions continued
Hands-on lab*
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NCL Graphics lecture with interactive sessions
NCL Graphics lecture/sessions continued
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch on your own
1:00 - 5:00 PM
NCL Graphics continued
Short break
NCL website tour
Hands-on lab*
Thursday, February 8, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NCL Data Analysis lecture with interactive sessions
NCL Data Analysis lecture/sessions continued
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch on your own
1:00 - 5:00 PM
NCL Data Analysis lecture/sessions continued
Hands-on lab*
Friday, February 9, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Optional hands-on lab*
*Note on hands-on labs
Students are expected to work with their own data files of interest during the labs. Instructors will ask about your objectives during the labs, and will help you write NCL scripts to accomplish your objectives.

NCAR Cafeteria

There's a cafeteria (menu) located next door in CG-1 which is open for breakfast from 7:30-9:30 AM and lunch from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. You can get drinks and snacks until roughly 3 PM.
They only accept cash from non-NCAR employees and visitors.

Scripts for students

Instructions for uploading your data

If you would like to provide us with one or two sample datasets that you plan to use in class, and then you can use our ftp site to upload your data. Please do not ftp really large datasets!

FTP instructions (assume your files are called "file1.nc" and "file2.nc"):

    ftp ftp.cgd.ucar.edu
    <log in as "anonymous">
    <Use email address as password>
    cd incoming
    put file1.nc
    put file2.nc

Once you ftp the file(s), email Mary and Rick with the exact names of the files and tell us what you'd like to accomplish with them. We will try to provide some sample scripts either before or during the workshop.

Hotels and information for out-of-town visitors

The Residence Inn by Marriott Boulder is the official hotel of the NCL Workshop. The Residence Inn is located at 3030 Center Green Dr, Boulder, CO 80301 which is a 5-minute walk to the workshop. We have reserved a block of 10 hotels rooms. The special rate for our group is $149/night for a King Studio room. Students receiving EPSCoR/MSI funding will automatically be booked in this hotel. If you are not receiving EPSCoR/MSI funding and want to request a room, please email Kathy Peczkowicz, kathyp@ucar.edu, by January 7, 2018. Kathy will add you to the rooming list and ensure that you receive the group rate. Please contact Kathy with any questions in regards to lodging.

Another nearby hotel is the Courtyard Boulder which is within a 5-10 minute driving distance. For more information about other hotels, see "Boulder hotel information and maps". Hotels in Boulder tend to fill up quickly, so book soon.

For other details on traveling to Boulder, see the information for out-of-town visitors on our main workshop page.