NCAR and Foothills Laboratory 2

The course will enable participants to learn approaches to explore and visualize climate data sets, using R. It will consist of a mix of instruction and hands-on practice. The material will be (see agenda for more details):

  • Monday
    • Reading different data formats, aggregating, rearranging data.
    • Writing functions, fitting models.
  • Tuesday
    • Basic plots of data, and multivariate data.
    • Making maps.
  • Wednesday
    • Perception, color choices, displaying uncertainty.
    • No activities
  • Thursday
    • Interactive graphics, and animations.
    • Polishing plots for publication. Where to find more information.
  • Friday
    • Data competition and prizes awarded

Data examples will be taken from NASA, GHCN, NARCCAP, and various climate monitoring sites.

There is a limit of 40 participants. The workshop is targeted to first or second year graduate students in Statistics or Atmospheric Science, who are interested in honing their data analysis and computing skills for climate data. Some experience with R is desirable. Participants will need to bring a laptop, with the software installed. Details of the software will be emailed to registered participants the week before the workshop, and will be essentially the latest version of R, and several R packages.

Registration is CLOSED


Dianne Cook, Iowa State University

Peter Guttorp, University of Washington

Doug Nychka, NCAR IMAGe