Python at KlimaCampus

This page shall be a central help for ZMAW/KlimaCampus users of Python. Contact AlexLoew or LarsKaleschke for permission to edit this page. Please help to fill this page with useful information about Python for climate research and data analysis.

Why python rocks!

ZMAW Settings


module load python

Getting started ...

ZMAW internal ressources

External ressources / tutorials

Documentation and further information

How to edit python code?

In November 2013, we asked people on our mailing list, which editor/IDE is preferred for python hacking. Below is a summary of the anwers:

python specific editors


advanced generic text editors

Generic text editors

Modules for Scientific Computing and Visualization

A good summary webpage how to use geospatial data (e.g. netCDF, GRIB) with python is given here.



Import the Basemap module

from mpl_toolkits.basemap import Basemap



Python Interface to GrADS


F2PY: Fortran to Python interface generator

Calling Fortran code from python is easy!

Fortran to Python

Topical Modules

More topical software can be found at

Python and Climate

Python and Weather Satellite Data

IPython Notebooks

A notebook is a combination of two things:

  1. An interactive session connected to an IPython kernel, controlled by a web application that can send input to the console and display many types of output (text, graphics, mathematics and more).
  2. A document that can save the inputs and outputs of the session as well as additional text that accompanies the code but is not meant for execution. In this way, notebook files serve as a complete computational record of a session including explanatory text and mathematics, code and resulting figures.

module load python/2.7-ve2
ipython notebook --pylab inline

Download (try this at home)

A basic system for scientific computing consists of Python, ipython, numpy/scipy, pylab, and an editor of your choice

The python(x,y) distribution contains all that above.

or try Sage (Mission: Creating a viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab).


LehreWiki: PythonCourse (last edited 2015-03-12 16:36:16 by LarsKaleschke)