NCL WorkshopsNCL 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?
Travel fund supportTravel funds are available for qualified students from EPSCoR states or minority-serving institutions (MSI) in the United States to attend one of the two workshops in Boulder in 2014.
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, please note the deadline dates below, and then:
Upcoming NCL workshops
|University of Maine|
April 23-25, 2014
Registration handled internally.
|NCAR (CG-2, CTTC)|
January 14-17, 2014
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Travel fund application deadline: November 22, 2013
|NCAR (CG-2, CTTC)|
June 10-13, 2014
Fill out this survey to register.
Travel fund application deadline: April 18, 2014
Past workshopsList of past NCL workshops at NCAR, universities, and research sites world-wide.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.
Links for participants
- PowerPoint lectures
- Text for interactive session
- NCL graphics exercises
- Example scripts used in graphics lectures
- Reference manuals (hard copy and online)
- Detailed directions to facilities
for non UCAR/NCAR employees
Coming to a Boulder NCL workshop from off site?
Here are some helpful links:
- Boulder hotel information and maps.
- Map to the Center Green campus.
- Map of NCAR's facilities, including Center Green