School of Meteorology

The new SoM TDS: a gift that keeps on giving!

Dr. Sean C. Arms
UCAR / Unidata

08 December 2014, 3:00 PM

National Weather Center, Room 5720
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Unidata is a diverse community of education and research institutions with the common goal of sharing geoscience data and the tools to access and visualize that data. For more than 25 years, Unidata has been providing data, software tools, and support to enhance Earth-system education and research. In an era of increasing data complexity and multidisciplinary integration, Unidata provides a rich set of services to the community. Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, Unidata is one of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)'s Community Programs (UCP). UCP units create, conduct, and coordinate projects that strengthen education and research in the atmospheric, oceanic, and Earth sciences.

A major part of my job at Unidata is community outreach, and as such I've been working with the IT/Computing group in the School of Meteorology to setup and install a THREDDS Data Server (TDS), which is initially a direct clone of http://thredds.ucar.edu/thredds/catalog.html. SoMs new TDS will provide real-time access to the output from several of the numerical models available from NCEP, as well as surface, buoy, satellite, and RADAR data (level II and level III as well as simple composites). The server allows users to slice and dice datasets remotely, returning only the data requested by the user - subset spatially, temporally, and in variable space. Data can be returned using a wide variety of transport protocols and formats. This “seminar" will cover a brief overview of Unidata, with most of the focus on how to interact with your new server using a variety of tools (mostly focused on Python via iPython Notebooks for demonstrations). Once installed, the server can easily be extended to serve other observational and model datasets, including some of the research datasets being collected/produced at OU.

For accommodations based on disability, or more details, please call 325-6561. All visitors without NOAA or University of Oklahoma identification must register at the registration desk on arrival. Visitor parking is available for all University visitors. However, faculty/staff/students must have a current multi-purpose parking permit. Additional parking is available at the Lloyd Noble Center (LNC) for those individuals who do not have a parking permit. You do not need a permit to park in one of 1,200 spaces reserved for CART bus riders, although you must ride the CART shuttle to park in the reserved area. This area is on the north central side of the Lloyd Noble Center. Elsewhere at the LNC, permits are required.

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