2020 CICE & Icepack Community Workshop and Tutorial Prerequisites

Please complete the following activities to ensure you are prepared for the tutorial. Suggested activities include completion of a Unix and a Fortran lessons.

GitHub Introduction

Lesson Description:
GitHub is the base from which you will find the Consortium code, documentation, etc. We will be using GitHub throughout the tutorial, so you need a GitHub account and basic familiarity with GitHub repositories. The linked instructions will be helpful for setting up your GitHub foundation.

GitHub Instructions

Unix Tutorial

Lesson Description:
This module, from The COMET Program, will help those new to computing in the geosciences become familiar with working in a command line environment. You can learn about the basics of Unix file structures, how to navigate in a Unix environment, and you'll get to practice creating, storing and searching for files.

The expected length is 15-30 minutes for users with some Unix experience, and 30-60 minutes for novices.

Lesson Link:

Introduction to Programming & Fortran Lesson

Lesson Description:
This 2-unit module from The COMET Program introduces users to scientific programming structures and methods and the history, basic syntax and functionality of Fortran, which makes up much of CESM.

Recommendations for Module Use:

  • Users who have little to no programming experience should take both units in full
  • Users that do have some programming experience, such as a web-based language like HTML, but have limited experience in scientific programming, such as a C-based languages, should start with unit 1 and may find they can complete it quickly. While unit 2, covering Fortran and CESM Fortran examples, should be taken in full
  • Users that have significant scientific programming experience (C-based languages, for example) can safely start in unit 2, which covers Fortran and CESM Fortran examples
  • Users that have significant programming experience in Fortran can likely begin at the "Fortran and CESM" subsection (near bottom of table of contents) in unit 2

Lesson Link: