AMS Short Course: Open Source Radar


Date: 27 August 2017

Location: Swissôtel, 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA


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Description: Open Source Software (OSS) is a fundamental building block contributing to the process of Open Science. Recently, radar OSS packages have emerged that facilitate research and development, drive operational national and regional infrastructure, build community, and accelerate pushing the overall state of the art forward. Examples of such packages are the Py-ART (Python ARM Radar Toolkit), ARTView, BALTRAD, wradlib, and LROSE.

This course will introduce participants to OSS tools for working with weather radar data that use the Python programming language. The Objective of this course is to present the amazing results that can be archived with Open Source Community Development Process, in which different individuals and organizations contribute together to a project and provide the results to the community.

These tools are collected and made available in the form of a turn-key Open Radar Virtual Machine.

The course will consist of the following parts:

  1. Introduction to Open Science concepts and collaborative methods;
  2. The Python programming language and the Jupyter notebook;
  3. Introduction to Py-ART, concepts and hands-on notebooks;
  4. Introduction to BALTRAD, concepts and hands-on notebooks;
  5. Introduction and demo of LROSE;
  6. Introduction to the development of a Graphical User Interface for radar data, i.e. ARTView
  7. Intermediate usage including retrievals and manipulation of data using Py-ART and other Python radar applications.

A luncheon will be provided during the short course.


Basic knowledge of radar and scientific programming are required. Knowledge of Python is beneficial but not necessary. Using your own laptop with at least 2 GB of memory and 1 GB of free space will be essential for the course. Software and Jupyter notebooks need to be preinstalled by participants prior to the course; instructions for preparation will be emailed in advance.


Anderson Luis Gama, University of Stuttgart

Nick Guy, The Climate Corporation

Daniel Michelson, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Scott M Collis, Argonne National Laboratory

Michael Bell, Colorado State University

Robert Jackson, Argonne National Laboratory

Sever, Gökhan, Argonne National Laboratory

Information: Please contact Gamma Anderson, University of Stuttgart, tel +49 176 2686 9109. Email: