2019 Workshop:Python for Space Science

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Snakes on a Spaceship and the Goblet of Plots

Location, Date/Time and Duration

2 hours


Russell Stoneback
Angeline G. Burrell
Jeff Klenzing

Workshop Categories

Altitudes: IT - Latitudes: global - Other:

Format of the Workshop

Short Presentations

Estimated attendance


Requested Specific Days

Monday, first afternoon session. There are independent plans to host a Hackathon starting late Monday afternoon. Covering existing Python packages beforehand would provide attendees a nice foundation to start contributing to open source science. Please avoid conflict with software development session (Hirsch/Zettergren/Grubbs)

Special technology requests

Internet access, tables for attendees to use (not just chairs)


CEDAR justification: Strategic thrust #5: Fuse the Knowledge Base across Disciplines Strategic thrust #6: Manage, Mine, and Manipulate Geoscience Data and Models

1) How the questions will be addressed: The challenge of performing system science across and within disciplines is addressed by teaching the community about the existence and use of enabling open source science software. 2) What resources exist, are planned, or are needed: Science python software already exists that helps the community achieve these goals, pysat, davitpy, spacepy, madrigal, etc. 3) How progress should be measured: Participation rates in open source science python software. Publications that use community tools can also be tracked.


'Snakes on a Spaceship' is focused on introducing the Python language, associated tools, and science software packages developed for the CEDAR and GEM community. This year, we have a focus on presenting new and/or interesting plots from across the field.

The pursuit of system science requires integrating measurements from multiple platforms into a coherent system for analysis. The variety of instrument types and data formats makes this a challenge. Typically these challenges are solved separately by different research teams leading to duplicated efforts. The study of the magnetosphere and the ionosphere as a system would be enhanced if solutions to these problems were made broadly available to the community. The use of community developed software has found acceptance in astronomy (astropy) and solar science (sunpy). ‘Snakes on a Spaceship’ is dedicated to fostering the same collaborative and open development practices within CEDAR and GEM.

Please bring your computer, since there will be several tutorials that you will be able to work through with the speaker.

Tentative Agenda:

0) Introduction (5 min)

1) Ashton Reimer -- Resen: Towards a Reproducible Software Environment using Python and Docker (15 min)

2) Chih-Ting Hsu (15 min)

3) Marina Schmidt(15 min)

4) Leslie Lamarche (15 min)

5) Asher Pembroke (15 min)

6) Discussion (40 min)

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