PACE Hackweek 2024

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The NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Project and Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program are hosting a one-week social coding event (a.k.a hackweek or hackathon). The event will include a combination of lectures, tutorials, and working (coding) activities that will kick-start research using new Earth science data streams generated by the OCI, SPEXone, and HARP2 instruments. Participants will gain behind-the-scenes access to all aspects of the PACE mission.

  • Data and compute resources will be provided on a cloud platform, and coding activities will be conducted in Python. Participants must have some experience (i.e. able to work independently) with Python in order to benefit from this hackweek. *We will also consider applicants who are more proficient in a different coding language but are interested in learning how to transition to Python*
  • The target audience is a diverse array of individuals from various backgrounds and career stages (students to professionals).
  • All lectures will be recorded, and lecture materials and recordings will be made available on the course web page.


Course Dates & Location:
4-8 August 2024
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Travel & Lodging
Travel and room/board for course participants will be supported by OCB. While the majority of the class will comprise US-based researchers, non-US-based applicants will be considered. OCB can provide a partial travel stipend for non-US-based applicants, but the remainder of travel costs to/from the class location will be the responsibility of the participant or participant's home institution.

Lodging for PACE Hackweek participants will be in the UMBC dormitories (check-in on Aug. 3, check-out on Aug. 9). OCB encourages an inclusive community with diverse participation. To allow participation for those who may be otherwise restricted by family or dependent obligations, we are able to provide additional support to offset caregiver costs or to customize travel arrangements. Invited participants will be given the opportunity to email a request for support of these obligations and justification for additional costs to the OCB office (

Organizers and Instructors:

Leads: Jeremy Werdell, Anna Windle

Organizers + Instructors: Sean Bailey, Kelsey Bisson, Ian Carroll, Sean Foley, Patrick Gray, Carina Poulin, Pengwang Zhai, Eli Holme, Meng Gao

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