Using python and openDAP with CoRTAD

I have just created a small tutorial that explains how use and combine python, numpy, and matplotlib to extract data from openDAP servers.  The example retrieves sea surface temperature (SST) data from the new version 4 of the CoRTAD (coral reef temperature anomaly database) satellite archive maintained by NODC-NOAA. The tutorial show how to plot the result and write the results to file. Take alook here if you are interested in really geeky ways to use python. Cheers, Trond

Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska

Last week I had the good fortune of going to Juneau in Alaska for a workshop.  I had never been to Alaska before and I was really looking forward to visiting the old stomping grounds of gold spectators and other adventurers.  Juneau did not disappoint and showed itself from both the rainy, dark foggy side to the light and bright with fantastic views of mountain peaks and glaciers.  Although I did not see any bears this time and the salmon run was done for this time of year, I was very pleased with the nautre I could observed in this little town far north in the US, which can only be accessed by plane and boat. I had the opportunity to go for a couple of short hikes with my gracious hosts.  Pictures from my trip are found here.

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Girona is a city in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain about 30 minutes drive from the coast of Costa Brava.
Girona is an old Roman city that has been through some hard times during the last centuries. The city has been under 25 sieges and has been captured 7 times (Wikipedia). A 7 month besiege by an Napoleonic army in 1809 had catastrophic consequences for the population of Girona. Girona was surrounded by a city wall for centuries, originally built by the Romans, but after the French siege the wall was partly demolished to make room for new development and progress. In recent years, the missing parts of the city walls on the eastern side of the city have been reconstructed. Called the Passeig de la Muralla it now forms a tourist route around the old city. Pictures are found here.

Snowstorm in Bergen

Snow in Bergen
Snow in Bergen

This weekend Jon and I went for a hike to Fløyen which was covered in clouds. At the top of the mountain, heavy snow started falling and in a short time everything was covered in white. We hiked around Fløyen and then down Knatten which gives an excellent view of Svartediket (drinking water) as well as Ulriken. Along the hike I took some pictures which you can see here.

Bergen in January

View of Løvstakken from Fløyen
View of Løvstakken

One of the nicest places to go hiking in Bergen is up  Fløyen. Fløyen is one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, and it is situated right in town. The mountain is 320 meters above sea-level which is a nice, steep hike that takes you 30-60 minutes depending on your speed and how long you spend taking pictures walking up. You can also take the funicular up the mountain. Once you are at the top (see live web camera here), you can continue hiking the mountain side of Bergen. Liz and I spent the first week of 2011 relaxing in Bergen and we used the opportunity to hike to Fløyen. I have put some pictures from one of our hikes online.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

I recently traveled to Portland, Oregon on the west coast of the US. Portland gave me the feeling of being in a cool, altenative European city. The city has a ton of micro-breweries, nice restuarants, a good music scene, and beautiful scenery. The city also has a fair share of old iron bridges crossing the Willamette River. The pictures I put online are part of my ongoing experimentation with black and white photography. Click here to see them.