Computational data analysis skills are becoming increasingly important for our research. We are integrating these skills into our education programs.
During our Sea Change Semester we teach our undergraduate students a course on Oceanographic Data Analysis using the R programming language. We work with continuous CTD data, and discrete water samples, focusing on generating figures to show temporal and spatial change.
For our summer undergraduate interns we run a Café Code series where we introduce the idea of data science and oceanography through short presentations and article discussions. Previous topics have included: reproducible research, coding tools, introduction to R, high performance computing, data visualization, data repositories and experimental design.
Bigelow Laboratory is a co-organizer of OceanHackWeek, a hands-on workshop aimed at exploring, creating and promoting effective computation and analysis workflows for large and complex oceanographic data. All tutorials are available on GitHub, with videos on YouTube.