Python Hydrosoc workshop 2018

The volume of data collected and available to scientists has grown in magnitudes over the past decades. It has grown to an extent that cannot be effectively handled by spreadsheets passed from one person to another. Fortunately, the toolsets to handle large amounts of data has grown as well, although it can be quite hard to keep up with the rapid developments of these toolsets.

The Python programming language is one of the most popular languages for both general purposes and scientific. This is due in part by the ease of use, open source code, and the large open source community that has developed a number of professional level toolsets for a wide range of applications.

The general goal of the workshop is to teach Python tools specifically beneficial for natural/environmental scientists in New Zealand handling large amounts of data. This will be accomplished through a combination of practical exercises and presentations.

All workshop materials are accessible via the course website.

Intended audience

The intended audience for the workshop are people with very little to some experience with programming (Python or otherwise). Those people with a lot of Python programming experience will not likely get much out of the workshop unless they have not used the Pandas package in the past.


The main prerequisite for the workshop is the Intro to Python for Environmental Scientists. First, install python. Then please become familiar with the sections starting with Basic Python Objects, Variables, and Operators.

Course summary

The workshop will cover the fundamental handling of tabular data and the associated processing and analysis tools. We will be primarily using the toolset contained within the Pandas package. This will include reading/writing data, indexing, reshaping, computations, joining tables, time series handling, and visualization.


Please contact the instructors via the email addresses below to sign up for the workshop. There will be a maximum of 30 attendees for the workshop. Suggestions for advanced topics or examples are welcome.

Location and date

The Location of the workshop will be at Environment Canterbury (200 Tuam Street, Christchurch) in the Waimakariri Room. It will take place at 9:00 on Monday Dec 3rd, 2018. It will likely run until 16:00-17:00 with a morning and an afternoon tea break and lunch.


  • Mike Kittridge
  • Matt Hanson


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