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Handling Climate Data

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Event: Handling Climate Data
location_on VUB (Online)

March 30, 2021, 10 a.m. - March 30, 2021, noon



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In this training we will illustrate some basic techniques and software’s which are often used for handling climate data. To achieve this a linux bash terminal with the CDO (climate data operators) and ncview software will be used (see requirements).

Climate data is generally shared as netcdf files as it is the standard format in the field, this type of data is generally handled well using a bash terminal, in this training you will learn to use basix unix  and cdo commands within a bash terminal to manipulate climate data. Afterwards you will be shown how to easily visualise these data using the ncview software.

In this training data from a regional climate model simulations over Africa within the framework of the CORDEX (https://cordex.org/) project will be used. We will do some basic mathematical calculations such as calculating mean climate over different periods. The training will also include a hands on part where we will analyse climate change signals over a subregion of the African continent.   

Important!! Requirements for participating in training!!

To participate in this training you will need access to a bash terminal with cdo and ncview installed.

From a linux or mac pc you normally have access to a terminal so you just need to ensure that the cdo (https://www.isimip.org/protocol/preparing-simulation-files/cdo-help/ ) and ncview (http://meteora.ucsd.edu/~pierce/ncview_home_page.html  ) softwares are installed on your system.

From a windows pc you can do this or by having access to a hpc cluster through specific softwares (e.g. https://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/) or alternatively you can use the in house linux terminal (https://www.howtogeek.com/249966/how-to-install-and-use-the-linux-bash-shell-on-windows-10/  ) in any case be sure to check that cdo (https://www.isimip.org/protocol/preparing-simulation-files/cdo-help/)  and ncview (http://meteora.ucsd.edu/~pierce/ncview_home_page.html) are installed on your system.

This Event Furthers COST Action CA19139 Process-based models for climate impact attribution across sectors (PROCLIAS).