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ERAD 2016 Open Software Course

Things you need to know about the upcoming short course on community radar software at ERAD 2016

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Welcome to the ERAD 2016 short course on community radar software

This course will take place on October 9th 2016, right before the ERAD 2016 conference. We will introduce the participants to community software packages designed for radar data processing, mainly BALTRAD and wradlib.

These tools can be controlled by using Python, so we’ll feature a quick intro to the Python programming language, and endow participants with the basics of how to contribute to community software. For the course, we will provide a platform-independent virtual machine that contains all the required software, data, and course materials.

Please note: We had to slightly adjust the course contents in comparison to the original announcement (see the course program below). We will not provide in-depth coverage of the Py-ART package, although we’ll feature a quick background. Furthermore, the link to the RQQI meeting was cancelled.


Register at the ERAD Short Course page for Short Course 1. A fee of 50 EURO will be charged including luch and coffee breaks. Beware that the maximum number of participants is limited to 30.

List of tutors

Things you need to prepare

Participants need to bring their own notebook. All you need to do is to install VirtualBox and import the Virtual Machine for the course. Please see for detailed instructions, but, in time, we will also send around an e-Mail to the registered participants.


Please take the time to participate in our brief survey. This way, we can get an idea about our common background. We will present the survey results during the course.

Course program

| Time | Activity | | ———— | ————————————————– | |09:00 - 09:30 | Community weather radar software (Maik) | |09:30 - 09:45 | The course platform: a virtual machine (Maik) | |09:45 - 10:30 | Community software development basics (Daniel) | |10:30 - 10:45 | Coffee break | |10:45 - 11:15 | A quick start to scientific Python (Maik) | |11:15 - 12:30 | Hands on wradlib (Maik, Irene) | |12:30 - 13:45 | Lunch break | |13:45 - 15:30 | Hands on BALTRAD (Daniel) | |15:30 - 16:00 | Coffee break | |16:00 - 16:45 | Open slot for further exploration (all) | |16:45 - 17:00 | Wrap-up and evaluation (all) |