Chapter 3 Learning outcomes

You will also sometimes find specially-formatted call out boxes. These boxes are meant to provide you with helpful tips, important warnings, or provide exercises for you to check your understanding. The boxes look like this:

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3.1 Preparing your Environment

Talk about and link to Quercus

During the labs in this manual, we will make use of a number of different pieces of software. Chiefly among these is Microsoft Excel. We will take for granted that you have already installed Mircosoft Excel on your computer, but if you have not, please follow the instructions to install Microsoft Excel via Office 365 ProPlus on your operating system.

3.1.1 Installing on Windows

Instructions for Windows

3.1.2 Installing on MacOS

Instructions for Mac

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3.2 Summary

By the end of this chapter, you should have a shiny new conda environment that contains all of the packages and modules that you will need to complete the exercises in this manual. Additionally, you should have wget installed, which we will need to download climate model simulation data from the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF).

3.3 Ready. Set. Go.

We hope that you find this manual engaging as well as informative. As we already mentioned in the preface of this book, we happily welcome your contributions and comments by reporting issues with the book (anything as small as a typo or as large as an erroneous explanation) or submitting merge requests to the project to add content or make corrections. Let’s get started. Section 3.1 will walk you through installing the necessary programs and packages that you will need to complete this lab manual.