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June 2017 NCL Workshop

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

June 6-9, 2017
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, in or schedule changes, a shuttle schedule for our out-of-town guests, 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: this schedule is tenative and may change slightly to accommodate instructors' and/or students' schedules. We will update this schedule if there are any changes.

There's a cafeteria (menu) located next door which is open for breakfast and lunch. THEY ONLY ACCEPT CASH.

Tuesday, June 6
09:00-10:15 Lecture: NCL Language Basics
Rick Brownrigg
10:15-10:30 Break, light snacks provided
10:30-12:15 Lecture: NCL File Input/Output
Dennis Shea
12:15-13:15 Lunch on your own
Cafeteria is open from 11:30 - 1:30, cash only
13:30-14:30 Interactive demo
Dennis Shea and Mary Haley
14:30-17:00 Hands-on lab
Wednesday, June 7
09:00-10:15 Lecture: NCL Graphics lecture
10:15-10:30 Break, light snacks provided
10:30-11:15 Lecture: NCL Graphics (continued)
11:15-11:20 Short break
11:15-12:00 Lecture: NCL Graphics (continued)
12:00-13:00 Lunch on your own
Cafeteria is open from 11:30 - 1:30, cash only
13:15-13:45 NCL website tour
14:00-17:00 Hands-on lab
Thursday, June 8
09:00-10:15 Lecture: NCL Data Analysis
10:15-10:30 Break, light snacks provided
10:30-12:00 Lecture: NCL Data Analysis (continued)
12:00-13:00 Lunch on your own
Cafeteria is open from 11:30 - 1:30, cash only
13:00-17:00 Hands-on lab
Friday, June 9
09:00-12:00 Optional hands-on lab



Scripts for class

We will use this space to upload sample scripts for users. Sometimes we create these during interactive sessions in the workshop, or, if you provide us with sample data before the workshop, then we will include sample scripts that work with your own data.

  • Links to scripts used in graphics lecture

  • read_file.ncl - this is the first NCL script we wrote in class during the Dennis/Mary demo on Tuesday afternoon. Mary added some comments to it and cleaned it up a little.

  • convert_k_to_c.ncl - this is the second script we wrote during the demo on Tuesday, showing how to replace a temperature variable of units "kelvin" to one with units "celsius".



Group photos



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
    quit

Once you ftp the file(s), email Mary, Rick, and Dennis 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.



Information for out-of-town visitors

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



UCAR shuttle schedule

We are providing a shuttle for students staying at the Courtyard Boulder. It will run once in the morning to take students fro the hotel to the workshop location, and once in the afternoon from the workshop location back to the hotel.

Here's a schedule:

Tuesday, June 6
  Morning: pick up at hotel at 8:30 AM, arrive at CG-2 around 8:40 AM
  Afternoon: pick up at CG-2 at 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 7
  Morning: pick up at hotel at 8:45 AM, arrive at CG-2 around 8:55 AM
  Afternoon: pick up at CG-2 at 5:00 PM

Thursday, June 8
  Morning: pick up at hotel at 8:45 AM, arrive at CG-2 around 8:55 AM
  Afternoon: pick up at CG-2 at 5:00 PM

Friday, June 9
  Morning: pick up at hotel at 8:50 AM, arrive at CG-2 around 9:00 AM
  Afternoon: pick up at CG-2 at 11:00 AM