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Which programming language for environmental science ?

Which programming language for environmental science ?


Hello 365 Data Science Comunity,
I want to thank you for the opportunity of studying your courses for free during these days. It is such a great opportunity!
I wanted to ask you, which programming language would you recommend for issues regarding environmental science?

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365 Team

Hey Maria, 
great to have you with us!
I’d recommend first of all Python. Python is a general-purpose programming language, which means it gives you a lot of options for what you can do with the language. On top of that, since Python is also open-source, anyone can contribute to developing the language. In fact, that seems to be a trend going back to the last 5 years or so, and Python is becoming more and more popular across all fields. 
Secondly, for a university degree, you could take a look at R. R is a language for statistical computing, so it is specifically intended for statistical modelling. In addition, it is the language of choice for many universities, especially for subjects, which aren’t computer science centered.
I think both would be good options, which are beginner friendly(that’s a loose term, but anyways..)! Hope this narrows it down a bit.

That was very helpful indeed. Thanks Eli!