AMS Short Course: Python for Dynamical Meteorology Using MetPy

Sunday, 7 January 2018, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center 14



The AMS Short Course on Python for Dynamical Meteorology Using MetPy will be held on 7 January 2018 preceding the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.          

The use of the Python programming language has grown immensely over the past decade and has become an essential tool within education, research, and industry within the atmospheric sciences. This course aims to go beyond a basic Python introduction and help attendees advance their ability to apply Python to practical problems in meteorology. This includes topics such as remote data access, calculation of derived quantities, and plotting of these quantities on map projections.

The goal of the course is to have attendees learn how to apply Python to practical meteorology problems through use of the MetPy library. They will gain experience accessing remote datasets, using MetPy to calculate derived quantities, and plotting these quantities on weather maps, including station plots. Dynamical meteorology serves as a backdrop for these activities, with motivating examples for case studies such as geostrophic vorticity advection and frontogenesis.

This course is extensively hands-on through the use of Jupyter notebooks and will consist of one day of interactive lecture sessions with incorporated exercises that will be completed during the short course. In addition, the final session will be aimed at developing a Jupyter Notebook that will launch each attendee to bring something tangible home from the course. The instructors for the course are

Dr. Ryan May, UCAR/Unidata, Dr. John Leeman, UCAR/Unidata, and Dr. Kevin Goebbert, Valparaiso University.

Internet access will be available for this course.

Computers and laptops will not be available, but are required for this course.

For more information please contact Ryan May at UCAR/Unidata, 3090 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO  80301 (tel: 303-497-8679; email

Short Course/Workshop Registration

All short course/workshop attendees must register and wear a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration is not included in the 98th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 98th AMS Annual Meeting.

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