NCL Workshops

NCL workshops are tailored to students and researchers in the earth sciences who are interested in learning how to use NCL to analyze their data. [-- Sample NCL workshop schedule --]

See the list of prerequisites to see if the workshops will be useful for you.

Interested in hosting an NCL workshop?

Upcoming NCL workshops

National Center for Atmospheric Research
Corporate Technical Training Center
January 20-23, 2015
Boulder, Colorado

Pre-workshop survey and registration form
Registration deadline: January 9, 2015
Note: this workshop is now full
Cost: free

National Center for Atmospheric Research
Corporate Technical Training Center
June 9-12, 2015
Boulder, Colorado

Pre-workshop survey and registration form
Registration deadline: May 22, 2015
Travel funds deadline: April 17, 2015
Cost: free

Travel funds provided for qualified U.S. university students

NCAR/CISL offers travel funds for eligible students and faculty members from EPSCoR states and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in the United States to attend the NCL workshops. Travel funds are limited to $1200 per student and can be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or per diem. Past attendees of NCL workshops are not eligible.

There are a limited number of students we can fund under this program. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances are for funding.

To apply, fill out this application and email it to rsvp@ucar.edu. You must submit the form by the appropriate deadline given above.

EPSCoR eligibility: http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/images/FY14_Outreach_Map.pdf
MSI institutions: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst-list-tab.html

Past workshops

List of past NCL workshops at NCAR, universities, and research sites world-wide.

Articles on workshops

First NCL worshop presented in Chinese
November 24, 2014

NCL Students Become NCL Teachers in Brazil and Germany
February 12, 2014

NCL Training Reaches Out to Universities
April 2, 2012

Background

  • The workshops are taught by both a scientist and a software engineer, and offer a combination of introductory lectures and hands-on labs. During the labs, the instructors work with students to help them write NCL programs for analyzing their own data.

  • Lecture topics:
    • Overview of NCL
    • Overview of NetCDF and other data formats
    • NCL language basics
    • File input/output
    • Data analysis
    • Graphics
    • NCL website tour

  • Workshops are generally 3.5 days, with the first three days being lectures in the morning and hands-on labs in the afternoon. The fourth day is an optional morning lab.

  • Local workshops are free. They're usually held at the Corporate Technical Training Center (CTTC) at the Center Green Campus in Boulder. This center provides a computer for every attendee. Space is limited to 16 students.

  • We may also be available to teach workshops at your site, if time and budget permits and there is an appropriate teaching lab available (projector for presentations, and LINUX/UNIX computers running NCL for the students). If you are interested in having us teach a workshop at your site, please email Mary Haley.

Prerequisites

In order to attend an NCL workshop, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a basic knowledge of UNIX (MacOSX, Linux, or X/Cygwin), like how to list the directory contents, how to move files from one directory to another, the concept of running programs, how to edit files, how to use ftp/sftp, etc.

  • Know how to edit files using UNIX editors like vi, emacs, or nedit.

  • Have written code using an interpreted (e.g. Python, IDL, MATLAB) or a non-interpreted (e.g. Fortran, C) computer language. Students who don't have knowledge of UNIX or at least one computer language will likely find the NCL workshop too advanced.

Useful links for participants

Coming to a Boulder NCL workshop from out-of-town?

The closest airport is Denver International Airport. The workshops usually start first thing in the morning, so we recommend flying in the day before. The fourth day of the workshop is an optional lab which only goes until noon. You can choose to skip the lab and fly out that morning, or you can schedule your flight back for after noon.

The closest hotel to the CTTC is the Residence Inn by Marriott, which is within a 5-minute walking distance. Most other hotels are within a 10-15 minute driving range. Here are some helpful links: