Dynamic data structures and first-class citizens: Python features that can make modeling more flexible and powerful

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2015 April 15 - AM
FL2-1022 Large Auditorium
Johnny Lin

Python works great as a traditional procedural language, and in that mode, can do all the atmospheric and oceanic sciences work we desire. But if we use just a few more of its features---dynamic data structures like dictionaries and how any object (even functions) have the same status---we can make our models more flexible and powerful and create modeling experiments that would otherwise be difficult to do.

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Johnny Lin graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Civil Engineering-Water Resources. After working as an environmental engineer, he returned to school and received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA, as a student of David Neelin.  His atmospheric science research is focused on stochastic convective parameterizations, ice-atmosphere interactions in the Arctic, and simple frameworks for modularizing climate models.

He is also working on a book on environmental ethics and helps coordinate the PyAOS mailing list and blog (pyaos.johnny-lin.com), an effort at building up the atmospheric and oceanic sciences Python community. Currently he is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Computing Education at University of Washington, Bothell

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