Python Programming for Earth Science Students
Lisa Tauxe, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California-San Diego
Computers are essential to all modern Earth Science research. We use them for compiling and analyzing data, preparing illustrations like maps or data plots, writing manuscripts, and so on. This class teaches how to write computer programs with special applications useful to Earth Scientists. You will learn Python, an object-oriented programming language, and use Jupyter notebooks to write our Python programs.
Course URL: https://github.com/ltauxe/Python-for-Earth-Science-Students
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs
This course requires a rudimentary understanding of Earth Science and satisfies requirements for data science.
This course draws on data from a wide variety of Earth Science topics such as structural geology, plate tectonics, paleoceanography, oceanography, and so on. Students learn Python Programming techniques to analyze and visualize data, including making maps, basic statistics, 3D projections, an introduction to machine learning and many others.
This course is entirely structured around a special programming environment called Jupyter notebooks. A Jupyter notebook is a development environment where you can write, debug, and execute your programs. Students will learn how to use notebooks for Earth Science data processing.
Each Lecture is a Jupyter notebook and covers some essential programming skills. Each lecture builds on previous lecture material and has a set of practice problems to test student learning.
The course was designed to provide basic programming skills to Earth and ocean science majors and graduate students. It started as an in person lecture class but evolved to be entirely online. The class also can be taken by individuals in a self-guided mode on their own by downloading the lecture materials from github or using the open platform hosted at https://jupyterhub.earthref.org
Students are graded on the daily practice problems and weekly integrative problems plus a final project on a topic of their own choosing. Nearly all students attained proficiency in programming and were able to produce exciting and innovative final projects.
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This course is self contained on the github repository.