How to use climate projections data on Cal-Adapt for building web applications and visualizations

Cal-Adapt (launched 2011) provides access to the wealth of climate data produced by California’s scientific and research community through interactive climate tools, data downloads and a new public Web API. Cal-Adapt is developed by UC Berkeley's Geospatial Innovation Facility with oversight and funding from California Energy Commission. Through the public Cal-Adapt Web API, users can currently access future climate projections for the following climate variables:

  • Precipitation, maximum and minimum temperature - LOCA downscaled climate projections from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  • Snowpack (snow water equivalence) - Produced by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego through the application of Variable Infiltration Capacity model to LOCA data
  • Sea Level Rise - CalFloD-3D, UC Berkeley

We will use the Jupyter Notebook App and use Python commands to request data from the web, perform some simple data analysis and transform the results into various formats that can be included in reports. Topics to be covered include:

  • Structuring web requests to get climate projections for a particular location or area from the Cal-Adapt Web API
  • Using the temporal aggregation and statistical summary functionalities provided by the Cal-Adapt Web API
  • Integrating data from other web API's (e.g. geocoder, observed/current weather, census, etc.)

This workshop is open to beginners and no previous programming knowledge is required. The content will be geared towards local/state government professionals working on climate adaptation planning in California, but it is open to anyone interested in working with climate data. Participants should bring their own laptops and install the Jupyter Notebook App before the start of the workshop.

Schedule info
Session Time Slot(s): 
C - Monday, May 22, 2017 - 13:00 to 15:00
Shruti Mukhtyar (Geospatial Innovation Facility, UC Berkeley)'s picture

This workshop has an additional speaker - Brian Galey (bgaley@berkeley.edu). I am unable to add him through the form.

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