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Subject: Using the Web for Geoscience Resources (FAQ) part2/2
This article was archived around: 5 Mar 1997 13:56:39 +1100
Using The Web for Earth Sciences Information on the Internet
Part 2: Software and Software Sites
This file was last updated on 4th March, 1997.
This faq is posted to the following news groups:
You can obtain the most recent version of this faq from:
i) the sci.answers, comp.answers or news.answers news group.
ii) send mail to: email@example.com with the following line
in the body of the message -
iii) by anonymous ftp to:
I also keep two web pages, which are basically the same as the info on the
faq, but with more info. Try:
The Virtual Earth: http://atlas.es.mq.edu.au/users/pingram/v_earth.htm
The Soft Earth: http://atlas.es.mq.edu.au/users/pingram/s_earth.htm
This faq is not to be used for commercial gain.
This is part 2 of a 2 part FAQ on using the Web to obtain geosciences
information on the Internet. This part deals with software and related
data which would be of interest to geosciences.
The chances are, if you use this faq, you will be transferring software
from one computer to another for the purpose of running the software.
Many of these programs will have been compressed and/or encoded by one or more
of several techniques for storage and transfer purposes. The method
of compression/encoding is indicated by the file extension - the (usually)
three characters after the "." in the file name. The most common compression/
encoding schemes are:
.zip - pkzip is a dos standard compressor/archiver. Also on unix.
.lzh - pc compression from lha archiver
.zoo - zoo.exe is a compressor/archiver
.Z - unix compression program
.tar - unix tape archive.
.hqx - binhex, binary to 8 bit ascii encoded, predominantly for the Mac,
but pc versions do exist. Needs binhex4
.sea - self extracting archive for the Macintosh
.sit - stuffit compression for the Macintosh, found in binhex4.
.gz - gzip is a Unix compression, pc versions as well.
.exe - self extracting archive, can be created from pkzip and lha.
.uue - unix to unix 7 bit encoding, Dos versions exist
Most of these are available from popular ftp sites such as Sumex-aim,
oak.oakland etc. For a listing of common file formats, and links to relevant
software, connect to the Common File Formats page (see below).
A word of warning for Mac users, Mac binary files are stored differently
on a Unix machine than on a Mac (and Dos, VMS etc). Downloading a Mac
binary file (.bin, .sit etc) to a unix box which has not been encoded will
result in an unusable file. It is something to do with Unix zero filling
some of the unused bits in the Mac binary word.
0.1 General Software Sites and Registers
0.2.1 General Geology, Mining, Exploration
0.2.3 Structural Geology
0.2.4 Marine Geology
0.2.6 Sedimentary Geology
0.7 GIS and Mapping
0.7.1 General GIS/Mapping and Image Analysis
0.7.2 Cartographic Conversions and Transformations
0.7.3 Arc/Info AML Code
0.7.4 Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)
0.7.5 Specialised GIS/Mapping/Imaging Techniques
0.8 Map Data
0.10 Ray Tracing
0.11 Commercial Developers
Alterations in Dec. 1996, Jan/Feb 1997
- modified the url for Thermodynamics and Phase equlibria links
- added SSG's web page
- modified the url for Dave Flater's xtide
- modified the url for hidrosoft
- modified R. Winston's home page url
- modified MODFLOW Resources Page url
- modified the url for Sientific Applications on Linux
- added a section on Archeology
- removed Unige University crystallography software links
- added the Sincris crystallography software database
- modified url for Alison Zhang's multimedia file formats
- updated the entry for TMap
1. GENERAL SOFTWARE SITES
This section includes sites that have an assortment of software of
interest to geoscientists, and sites with hotlists to other sites.
Shareware.com has a searchable database which indexes over 190,000
software files around the Internet. Included are freeware, demos,
shareware, patches, fixes and upgrades. It was the Virtual Software Library.
The Oakland Software Repository has a large collection of MSDos,
Windows, Macintosh and Unix shareware utility and specific software.
Oakland's mirror of The Virtual Software Library front desk
to search the OAK repository and other popular archive sites.
Oakland's mirror of Walnut Creek CDROM Simtel.Net distribution
site for MS-Dos, Windows and Win95 software
Harvest PC Software Broker, search the descriptors of over 34,000 PC software
distributions from 6 major public archives.
Archives of Graphics Software and Databases is a hot-list of graphical
software sites maintained by Dan Jacobson at John Hopkins University,
BioInformatics server. The connection can be erratic, and you may need
to come in from the home page: http://www.gdb.org
You can also search various archives.
The Windows Shareware Archive by the CSUSM Technical Services is a great
site for general Windows applications. Take a browse, there are some
software of interest for Geosciences.
Petrotechnical Open Software Corporation is a supplier of standard interfaces
for technical exploration and production software for the Petroleum industry.
It operates as a Not For Profit membership organisation. This site
The All In One Search Engine by William Cross has lists many search
engines for various catagories. This connection is for software.
ArchiePlex is an Archie Gateway to the World Wide Web. It can be used
to locate files on anonymous ftp sites around the world. This link gives
the most upto date list of ArchiePlex servers. There are forms based services
and those without forms.
The Common Internet File Formats lists the common file formats for
Macs and MS-Windows. Includes links to:
Allison Zhang's Multi media File Formats on the Internet (pc bias)
Eric Bennett's Cross Platform Page
The tucows server and its mirrors have Winsock utilities and other
application software for Windows, W4W and Win95.
The Software search engines listed in W. Cross' All In One Search Page.
A configurable search engine for software located on ftp servers.
CGRER's software links is an extensive listing of links in various
categories including Unix, stastics, GIS, image processing etc.
2.1 General Geology/Mining/Exploration
The IAMG's Web Server has links to its publications Mathematical Geology
and Computers in Geoscience.
The IAMG ftp Site has algorithms and source code of programs published
in Computers and Geosciences (ftp://iamg.org/pub/CG) and Mathematical
Index by Volumes of software published in C&G
Computer programs and data from Jim Carr's book 'Numerical Analysis for
the Geological Sciences.
COGS, or Computer Orientated Geological Software archives of MS Dos
and Macintosh software, many include source code. Categories include
COGS disks, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Graphics, Hydrology, Landsat,
MOSS, Mapping, Mineralogy, Mining, Oil & Gas.
GeoGopher Archives of Earth Science software at the University of Texas,
El Paso, has a collection of Dos based software for the geosciences and
connections to other sites.
The Australian Mining Software Catalog is a directory of information
technology resources for exploration and mining. It lists both Australian
and International software suppliers. It is maintained by Stephen Henley
in a CSIRO initiative.
Some general geology software, mostly for the Mac. Software includes
Amphbase, Crystal 2.29 and CrystalView, Emp-amph, Hyperform,
Hornblende-plagioclase geothermometry, Image, Latticemaker,
Mac Molecule 1.7, MMII, Ortep, Pcwateq, P-T-t programs and Stereonet 4.9a
Bill Thoen's and Ted Smith's Data and Software Resources from their
on-line ORES for general geology.
The Software Page at the Institute of Geology and Paleontology (EISES)
has some Dos/Windows software, some of which are mentioned elsewhere
at other sites. Software includes GeoVu (a NGDC Windows GIS/RS data
visualisation program), Landscape Explore (Windows program to translate
a 2D map into a 3D model), and GeoEAS (the EPA's geostatistical software).
The Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Software Directory is maintained
by Tim Spinks. It details several hundred programs, software publishers
and suppliers in the fields of Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology,
Hydrogeology, Geo-environmental Engineering, Data Analysis and Data
Visualisation. There are links to other software lists.
University of Houston's ANON server, in conjunction with Computers and
Geosciences, has links to assorted software repositories and other links.
Russ Jacobson's software links for Earth Scientists.
Assorted geology software for Windows, Dos, Mac and Unix. Compiled by
S. Krumm. Programs include Winfit (profile analysis of x-ray reflections),
WinStruct (calculation of 001 x-ray patterns, structure factors and LP
factors for discrete clay minerals), WinQ-Fact ("Q" descriptor for mixed
layer clays), Atterberg, Centrifuge (calculate settling times), CrossBed,
Theta, Regression, MudMaster, MacDiff, MacGresens and more.
Ken Wohletz has developed a number of geological applications for volcanism
and magmatism. These are freeware and are for Windows (some Dos). They
include ERUPT to simulate various volcanic eruption types, HEAT is a 2D
heterogeneous heat flow solver (useful for modelling magma chamber evolution),
SFT is a graphical application to invert particle size data to find
distribution parameters, and MAGMA which calculates the IUGG volcanic rock
classification, CIPW norms, viscosity, and density of magmatic silicate
liquids from chemical composition and temperature.
CrystalView are both Crystallography software for the MacIntosh by
Daryl Clarke's NewPet Software is a geochemical/igneous petrology data
handling program which includes ternary plots. MS-Dos and Shareware.
Also here are rose1 (rose plotting Windows prog by Thompson & Thompson),
triplot (ternary plotting prog by Baodke and Thompson), quickplot and
Mineralogy directory from COGS
Geochemistry directory from COGS
Sincris has a software database for crystallography. It is searchable,
and people may submit their own software to be included.
The geochemical directory from the Environmental Hydrosystems ftp server
contains NewPet, QuickPlot, amphibol, ebeam, elements, fluids, kt,
ms-data, phreeq, platinum, wateqf, BTex, PCWater, phreeqe, phreeqep.
Bill Thoen's and Ted Smith's Data and Software Resources from their
on-line ORES for geochemistry.
vii) ftp://helios.cr.usgs.giv/ftp/statpac.dos and
Statpac for Unix and Dos from the USGS
Melts is a software package for the modeling of crystallisation of
magmatic systems developed by the University of Washington. It
is available for a number of Unix platforms.
Software for Rockhounds from Bob's Rock Shop has links to Mineral Mastery
(Dos mineral identification software), Gemstone, The Mineral Database and
Chemistry software sites maintained by Mark Winter. Some of these may
be useful for geochemistry.
Athena Mineralogy has links to assorted Dos/Windows software pertaining
Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria links by Terry Gordon has the areas of
Igneous Petrology (MELTS, QUILF), Metamorhic Petrology (GIBBS, P-T-t, TWQ,
WEBINVEQ) and Aqueous Geochemistry (EQ3/6, MBSSAS, MINEQLT, ALCHEMI).
Daniel Marshall's C&G preprint on Spreadsheets and Ternary Plots, plus
a downloadable spreadsheet.
Environmental Research Software has made available various Dos software,
including MINEQL+ (a chemical equilibrium modeling system), Alchemi (to
calculate the distribution of Al in acidified waters) and GRiDS
(Global River Dilution System).
TriPlot is shareware software for Windows written by Steve Baedke from
2.3 Structural Geology
Stereo v3.0 is a complete stereonet package for Windows. Get the
file stereo30.zip. It is by Per Ivar Steinsund and is shareware.
Rick Allmendinger's structural programs for the MacIntosh are quite
well regarded. Included are FaultKin, Stereonet, MacStrat, MacStress,
MicroStructure and Structure_Movies.
Mainly geochem prog, but also here is quickplot, a stereonet program for
structural geology by van Everdingen and van Gool.
High amplitude folding simulation software by Kenneth Cruikshank.
The software section in Steven Schimmrich's Structural Geology Page has links
to structual geology software.
Johannes Duyster's Stereo-Nett program is freeware for Windows 3.x and Win95.
It is a stereo net program to analyse orientation data using different
projections, great and small circles, density contouring, rose diagrams. It
can also do paleo-stress analysis from fault-slip data sets. Data can
be sorted on a number of criteria, including comments.
2.4 Marine Geology
Microdem, includes the MGT subset for teaching marine geophysics,
is available from the US Naval Academy's ftp server.
Also available are a group of programs for oceanography including TS-Plot,
Waves, Tides, Duck, beach profiles, and marine geology.
The Hydrology directory from COGS
Environmental Hydrosystems Inc's ftp server has a comprehensive collection
of public domain software (Dos, Windows, some Unix) for groundwater,
porous media and environmental modeling.
The main directories of interest for hydrology are:
The Software for Groundwater Modeling and Analysis page by Andrew Piggott
has connections to both commercial and non-commercial software sites.
EnviroMod Software Server has environmental and hydrological software
The Groundwater Modeling department at Brigham Young Uni has an
extensive list/collection of groundwater modeling software, both commercial
and freebies. In the Models section can be found IGWMC (source code for
USGS models), CEAM from EPA, USGS Geochem models (Phreaqe and WATEQ4F),
2DFlow, PUMPIT, MCFIT plus others.
In the Pre and Post Processes from BYU can be found links to Femmwater,
IRIS Explorer, Flow Analysis Software Toolkit, Khoros, SpyGlass and more.
Source code for several of the USGS models.
The original location for PUMPIT by Aqualogic. PUMPIT is a Dos shareware
program which calculates drawdown, identifies the capture zone and
injection fronts etc. Version 4.0 is available.
Environmental Simulations Inc. has software, services and information for
groundwater modeling. This connection is to their list of groundwater sites.
Contains Dos executables and source code for Modflow and its related
programs (ModFlowP, ZoneBudget, ModPath, SteramLink), plus other software
such as Sutra (2D finite element gwater flow model), SutraInv (parameter
estimation for Sutra), MOC89 (solute transport and dispersion), Plasm (2D
finite difference gwater flow) and TypCurv.
ftp access to several public domain software available at other sites.
Intera Inc. also have a description index of software of interest to
Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) was developed by U. Oregon and EPA. It is
a comprehensive water quality simulation model developed primarily for urban
areas. It performs single event and continuous simulation for almost all
components of rainfall, runoff and quality cycles for a watershed. Dos and
The ASCE Geotechnical Engineering has a page that provides thins to
Seepage/Groundwater Modeling software. Web users can create and edit their
own entry. Links include Boss International, EarthSoft, Draper Adam
Environmental Modeling, DoD Groundwater Modeling System, AFEPT, EQ3/6, PEST
and the US EPA Groundwater Software Modeling.
This is the Internet Resources Page of the Modflow Help File. The MFH
needs to be downloaded and run locally.
Several spreadsheets were developed by the Washington State Dept of
Ecology's Environmental Investigations and Laboratory Services Program
to aid NPDES permit writers. All of the spreadsheets are in seperate Lotus
123 WK1 files and have also been combined and reformatted in Excel 5.
Included are DOSAG2, IDOD2, NH#FRESH, NHRSALT, PHMIX2, RIVPLUM5, WQBP2 and
The University of Manitoba groundwater ftp site and data base is available
through their web page. Also contains links to other groundwater sites.
Richard Winston's home page has a good collection of links to software sites
for groundwater modelling, wetlands, ModFlow and the like.
The Earth Environmental Science Center (EESC) maintains a list of links
to software and models for hydrology.
Hidrosoft has many links to water related freeware, shareware and
commercial software for hydraulics, hydrology, water resources and
The ModFlow Resources Page by Richard Winston has many links to ModFlow
and related software such as ModUser, ModFlowP, MT3D etc
UNCERT is a public domain geostatistical analysis and graphical user
interface for ModFlow and MT3D on Unix Systems developed by W. Wingle,
E. Poeter and S. McKenna. It is a geostatistical uncertainty analysis
package applied to groundwater flow and contamination transport modelling.
The UNCERT Users Guide On-Line.
EPA's Groundwater and Vadose Zone models available from CSMoS. Available
software includes Bioplume II, Bioscreen, ChemFlow, GeoPack, HSSM, ModFlow,
Mofat, MT3D, Pestan, RETC, Ritz, STF, Unsoda, Vleach, WhAEM and WHPA
2.6 Sedimentary Geology
Fuzzim (stored as a binhexed self extracting archive) are Macintosh programs
for simulating large scale marginal deposition and erosion for
long time spans. It uses "fuzzy logic" for controlling the distribution
of sediment. It was written by Ulf Nordland and Magnus Silfversparre of
Uppsala University, Sweden.
Software from the Basin Research Lab, Sedimentary Geology, Penn State.
Includes SSM (simulating clastic sedimentary basins), GOLEM (geophysical
landcsape evolution model) and MIDAS (model investigating density and
Software from the Basin Research Group, Sedimentary Geology, Penn State.
Includes Strata 2.1, a basin modelling tool.
Thin Plate Finite Element Code developed by Peter Bird at UCLA since 1976
can be used to model the deformation of the lithosphere, form new tectonic
hypotheses, estimate long term seismic hazards and study plate rheology.
You should also mail Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let him know
which files you copied and to be placed on the mail-list for updates.
Fortran source code is available.
ii) ftp://mantle.colorado.edu/pub/PaleoMag or
PaleoMag software for the MacIntosh by Craig Jones. It supports
orthorhombic, equal area and J/J0 diagrams (total and component) of
individual sample demagnetisations, least squares fit of lines, planes,
circles to parts of demagnetisation curves.
Email Craig (email@example.com) to be placed on the
mailing list for updates. Craig has also placed PaleoMag onto a web server,
plus an on-line manual.
iii) ftp://hilbert.mines.colorado.edu/pub/cwpcodes or
Seismic CWP/SU Package is geophysical seismic code for Unix machines
from the Center for Wave Phenomena.
The World Paeo-Magnetic Database are databases and programs related
Geophysics directory from COGS
Bill Thoen's and Ted Smith's Data and Software Resources from their
on-line ORES for geophysics.
The IRIS Software Exchange Library ftp server has geophysical software
for pc, mac and sun platforms. Included in the pc directory are SEISMIC
(displays hypocenters of earthquakes for various map views from 1960 to
the present) and SUDS (Seismic Unified Data System). Under sun are SUDS,
Seismo_Display, cc2sac, evt2sac, evalresp, focmec, neic2tf and relish.
Geophysical freeware for Dos written by Gordon Cooper. Includes Mag2dc
(magnetic forward modeling), Grav2dc (gravity forward modeling), GeoModel
(sim. mag & grav fwd modeling), VES (Schlumberger res modeling and
inversion), SignProc (prfile data filtering), PFproc (map data filtering,
strike filters, derivatives etc) and GravMap (map data filtering:
continuation, polynomial surface fits etc).
Some geophysical programs (for unix/vms) from Menlo Park ftp server.
Includes Paleo stress analysis by Andy Michael, 3D velocity model
determination and hypocenter location.
Epic3 suite of progs are for Unix. They read the event CD-Roms (version 3)
from the NEIC ie hypo-center associated data plus the NEIC event catalog.
From Dan O'Connell and the Seismotectonics group of the US Bureau of
Winquake software by Larry Cochrane (Windows and Win95) is to view and
analyse Public Seismic Network and SAC binary event files. It uses
Jeffreys-Bullens tables for travel times for a series of depths.
POM is a sigma coordinate free surface, primitive equation ocean model
for Unix. It is distributed free to tertiary institutions for research
purposes. The code is available from the following ftp server:
MOM (Unix) is a primitive equation general ocean circulation model for
exploring ocean and coupled air-sea applications over a wide range
of space and time scales. Source code is available from:
SPEM is a 3D ocean circulation model for a variety of studies.
It uses horizontal boundary-fitted orthogonal coordinates, a vertical
bathymetry following sigma coordinate and solves 3D primitive equations.
Source code is available from:
University of British Colombia has links to assorted numerical models
(including the above) for oceanography. Look for the sections
On-Line Numerical Models and Source Code for Models Not Mentioned Above.
Model include FRAM, ECOM-si, POP, Spectral Element Shallow Water Equation
Model, Box Basin and Massively Parallel versions of Miami Isopycnic
Coordinate Ocean Model, MOMA, OCCAM/NWO and MICOM.
Bill Thoen's and Ted Smith's Data and Software Resources from their
on-line ORES for oceanography.
LinkWinds (Linked Windows Interactive Data System) is developed by
NASA/JPL for interactive 2D and 3D graphical display of data. It runs
on SGI platforms under IRIX4 and IRIX5, and Sun under Solaris 2.4.
XTide is free software by David Flater. It is a Harmonic Tide Clock and
Tide Predictor for Unix (x-windows). You do need harmonic constants though.
The main page for the Ocean Color web site, a section of the GSFC DAAC.
They have software which uses data from visible light bands from satellites
and aircrafts to measure ocean features. Two main parts, CZCS and SeaWiFS.
- Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS)
CZCS-related software includes SEAPAK, the data processing software, plus
software to read DSP, CRTT and HDF files, and a collection of user contributed
SeaWiFS-related software includes SEADAS processing and image analysis
software for HDF data, and SEATRAK - orbit prediction software.
Map Ocean Data (MOD) is windows based freeware to view oceanographic data
in a geographic context.
SeaWater is a toolkit of MatLab routines for calculating the properties
of seawater, and is developed by Phil Morgan. They are a self contained
library and run on all computers that support MatLab. Seawater is freeware.
AgriMensor is an analysis and presentation tool for processing DEMs under
Windows. It was designed for geophysicists and archaeologists.
Geostatistics software at the Inst. of Mineralogy at the University of
Lausanne, carries the US EPA GeoEAS geostatistical program (Dos),
a geostatistical tool box (Dos) and VarioWin, a windows set of programs
for 2D spatial data analsysis.
The StatLib Archives has an extensive collection of statistical
software and algorithms. It is divided into a number of catagories
based upon the resources origin, eg apstat is for algorithms from
Applied Statistics, cmlib is the Core Mathematics Library from NIST
which has fortran code for lots of statistical and numerical
procedures, griffiths-hill has applied statistics algorithms contained in
the book by Griffith Hill, multi has an annotated directory and selected
algorithms on multi-variate analysis and clustering.
The Netlib Archives repository at UTK and ORNL carry a very extensive
collection of mathematical software. Some of the categories include
image, linpak, voronoi, fftpack, scilib, graphics and gnu. It is also
possible to do an Attribute/Value Data Base Search of the Netlib
Numerical Recipes for Pascal are available from the Garbo archive. Get
the file nrpas13.zip. Be warned, this is over 300 Kb compressed and 772 Kb
Software for Mathematical Geology at Houston University.
The Sibyl Database is a searchable database of information on statistical
The geostatistics directory from the Environmental Hydrosystems ftp server
contains software such as GeoEAS (the Geostatistical Environmental
Exposure Assessment Software from the US EPA), COSIM (performs
unconditional and co-conditional simulations), LOGEN (unconditional
simulations), ISIM3D (a 3D multiple indicator conditional simulation
program), GCOSIM3D (code for the generation of realisations of multiple
variates jointly correlated with a multiGaussian distribution), plus others
including UNCERT, UCLA.
The ANON Web site at the University of Houston is for those interested
in mathematics, computers and geosciences. This link is their software
and modeling resources page with many connections.
Fortran code for the geostatistics package from Stanford University.
Authored by C.V. Deutsche and A.G.Journel. Is a .tar.Z file.
Dave Watson's home page, with information on Delauny tringulation,
contouring etc. Source code for delauny tesselations, plus access to
time series prediction software (Dynamical Data Determinism Detector).
Scientific Applications on Linux contains links to assorted mathematical,
statistical, graphical software and libraries for Linux operating systems.
Numerical Methods Links by Tomasz Plewa is a great collection of links
to assorted mathematical packages and libraries, centers and other sites.
Fortran code of the software supplements for Numerical Methods for
Mathematics, Science and Engineers by John Mathews
Phil Ingram's statistical software for dos machines is a collection of
4 programs for a variety of purposes. Included are:
USTAT - procedures for the analysis of uni and bivariate data
MSTAT - procedures for the analysis of multivariate data
KSTAT - geostatistical procedures (varigrams and block kriging) for
grade/tonnage calculations of ore deposits
SSTAT - procedures for the generation and analysis of gridded data
Assorted libraries of fortran mathematical routines of possible interest
to the earth sciences. Included are spherepack, fftpack, fitpack, minpack,
Geostatistical software for the PC, with links to VarioWin (plus the
VarioWin FAQ), EPA's GeoEAS and Roland Froievaux'x Geostatistical
This is the unix version of EPA's GeoEAS software.
The online documentation for the unix version of GeoEas. Be warned,
it is 234 Kb in size.
7. GIS and Mapping
Sections 7.3, 7.4 and 7.5 mainly deal with specialised mapping and GIS
techniques and software, of which I know very little. Consequently, I
took the reference to these sites from Bill Thoen's ORES,
figuring that his judgement will be better than mine on these subjects.
7.1 General GIS/Mapping and Image Analysis
An assortment of Dos software for GIS and mapping, cartographic
transformations, raster to vector conversions and so on. It includes
programs like skmoss (replaces 4 programs in pcmoss), gctpc (Dos version
of general cartographic transformations), las (land analysis system),
pcglis (pc version of glis), dcw2dxf (dcw to dxf conversions) topo and
xglis. The site is maintained by Sol Katz.
Generic Mapping Tools is Unix software developed at the School of
Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii by
Paul Wessel and Walter H. F. Smith. It contains about 50 tools for
map projections, spatial interpolation, contouring, 3-D perspective views,
and data manipulation. Source code is in Kernighan & Richie C for Unix
machines. The latest version is 3.0 and the page gives details on how
to obtain it from one of several sites.
Topographic Analysis fortran source code.
VPFView 1.1 is Unix software to view DCW data from the DMA's Digital
Chart of the World CD-ROM data set.
GRASS GIS is a public domain GIS and image processing system for Unix
developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
MAPGEN/PLOTGEN is the code for a public domain graphics system.
The files are compressed-tar source files. Files include:
graphics-?.?.tar.Z: device independent vector graphics system
employed by the Mapgen/Plotgen system; mapgen.?.?.tar.Z is the mapgen/plotgen
system for plotting geographic and other data (requires pre-installed
'proj' and 'graphics'); xzoom.?.?.tar.Z is the previewer of mapgen/plotgen
The National Geophysical Data Center ftp server has a number of
Dos based generic data analysis, display, compression, archival and
retrieval tools. Software includes FREEFORM, GeoVu and GeoDas.
The USGS Cartographic Software by the National Mapping Division of
the USGS provide data and supporting software for the national series
of base cartographic data. The software are for a variety of platforms.
The Landsat directory from COGS
The Moss directory from COGS
The Mapping directory from COGS
The Mapping directory of the Simtel mirror at Oakland contains various
mapping software for Dos. Included are topo300.zip (3-D topographic map
plotting program), emap100*.zip (the EPI Map program with utilities, and USA
coverage by counties), coordchg.zip (convert map coords dd.mm.ss<->dd.###)
and ozd101?.zip (OzGIS is a Dos Mapping program of census/GIS data).
The GIS Data and Software page from Bill Thoen's and Ted Smith's On-Line
Arcview 1.0 for Windows by ESRI is available from this ftp site. Be sure
to read the licence agreement.
The Space, Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) at Uni. of Wisconsin-
Madison makes 2 software packages, Vis5D and VisAD, freely available. These
are scientific visualisation systems for a number of Unix workstations.
Both executables and source code is available. Vis5D has been setup so
output from atmosphere and ocean models can be linked to Web pages.
GIS Software at the USGS. Main catagories are:
Geologic Information Visualisation for the PC
General Cartographic Transformation Package (GCTP)
Mapping Science Software from the National mapping Division, which
includes Cartographic Applications Software, Global Land Information
System (GLIS), RevPG - Digital Line Graph Editing, Symbolised Display
and Plotting Software, ATSys - Aero Triangulation System Software,
Public Domain Software for use with the USGS Digital Geospatial Data
(IMDISP, DLGVIEW, DLGTODXF and CHOP)
MultiSpec is an image processing system for interactively analysing
multispectral data such as Landsat or hyperspectral data from AVIRIS Imaging
Spectrometer. It is wirtten for the Macintosh and Power Mac by Larry Biehl
and the Laboratory for Applications in Remote Sensing at Purdue University.
GSNAKE API software provides tools for contour modelling, extraction,
detection and classification based on the Generalized Active Contour Model.
It was developed jointly by Information Technology Institute, Singapore, and
School of Applied Science, NTU, Singapore. C++ source code is compilable on
many unix boxes.
NIH-Image is excellent public domain image analysis software for the Macintosh
SURFACE is a Windows program for gridding and displaying a surface or contour
map. Surface2.zip replaces surface. By W. J. Coulthard and is shareware.
VERSAMAP v1.50 is DOS shareware by Charles Culberson. It draws outlines of
maps on 14 map projections.
INVERSE computes the distance between two points with Lat/Long. It is by
The National Geodetic Survey has Inverse and Forward programs with source
code for MSDos machines.
Gregoire Dubois maintains the AI-Geostats Mailing List FAQ. This is a
description of the freeware and commercial software commonly used for
spatial data analysis, plus links.
Software links from The Land Surveying and Geomatics Page (maintained
by Maynard Riley) has a number of links to assorted software related to
mapping, DEM, coordinate conversions, surveing and the like.
The Institute of Biogeography has a software archive for Windows based
GIS shareware and freeware. Included are Geo-Vu, OzGIS 4 Windows,
IDRISI Modules, Fragstats, Surface Interpolator, US 3D Atlas, Landscape
Explorer, Map Maker and GADS.
GISNet's BBS' MapInfo Support page, with access to free files, faq etc
Related shareware for Map Info
TerrainMap 2.1 by Yiping Song is Win95 and WinNT shareware software designed
for terrain surface modeling. It takes in spatial sampling data, contour
data or grid data and generates 3D spatial models. Three spatial models
are supported: Triangulated Irregular Networks (TIN); Contour; and Digital
Elevation Models (DEMs) or grid model.
QuikGrid v3.1 is a Windows 3.1 shareware program by John Coulthard. It
will read in a set of x-y-z surface points, generate a regular grid and
display the surface as a contour map or as a grid. The display may be zoomed,
printed, output to a DXF file or in the ER Mapper raster format. It will
generate a 125x125 grid from 16,000 data points.
Links to assorted GIS freeware and shareware software sites.
The Software section in Bill Corner's RS Web Resources page has links to
assorted commercial and public domain RS related software.
Scott Loomer's MicroCAM program is freeware and for Windows.
7.2 Cartographic Converters and Transformations
The General Cartographic Transformation Package is the c code for
various various cartographic conversions such as Lat/Long<->UTM.
The C code was originally written for Unix.
The older version, GCTP-II, is also available.
This ftp site is now the official distribution site of the PROJ.4 system.
PROJ.4 is a system of programs for various general cartographic projections
and conversions, including geographic or grid data between Nth American
Datum 27 and 83 plus SPCS & UTM coord systems for the US regions.
Included here is the source distribution for the programs PROJ, GEOD
and NAD2NAD (for Unix, bat adaptable for Dos), the DOS executable for
Version 4.3.3, other sundry files plus the PD.projections.FAQ. Get the
README file for a description of what's there.
The U.S. EPA's dbf utility package (v5.5) is a set of programs for
converting between INFO and DBF as well as INFO and ASCII, DBF to point
coverage. They are programs tested on a number of Unix platforms, and run
with Arc/Info 6.1.1 or 7.0.2. The complete source code is also available.
Another site for UTM_Lat/Long conversions, but this software supposedly
allows for batch processing.
The geostatistics directory from the Environmental Hydrosystems ftp server
contains the BLMGIS program for Dos. This performs coordinate conversions
between Geodetic (Lat/Long) and State Plane coordinate (SPC) systems
based on the North American Datum of 1927.
John Banta's Coordinate Transformation Page, contains Windows coordinate
conversion software, to convert lat/long and X/Y anywhere in the Northern
Hemisphere using the UTM projection, and anywhere in the US using US State
Plane projections. From the SeisSoft company.
SPCS83 was developed by the National Geodetic Survey for converting
from Lat/Long to State Plane Coords and back. Fortran source code is
Converts GPS to Universal Transverse Mercator coords and vice versa
for the NAD27 and NAD83 datum.
The Windsway Co. has assorted Dos software for various conversions
involving Lat/Longs, UTM and other map references. Included are
rule2ll, ll2rule, inverse, direct, utm2ll, ll2utm.
TLCPACK is a library of fortran routines for the regridding of uniform and
non-uniform orthoganal grids.
Malcom Drury has a UTM-Lat/Long converter is Dos freeware
Software links from the Map Projection Home Page
7.3 Arc/Info AML Code
AMLs for ARC/INFO 5.0, 6.11
AMLs for GIRAS data.
Another AML site.
AML for PC Arc/Info.
AMLs and SMLs from ESRI's ftp server
7.4 Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)
MicroDEM, Pascal programs to do things with DEM data (shareware).
Splat at Indiana or
Splat at NIC:
SPLAT is contouring software. Get the file SPLATSFX.EXE which is
a self-extracting archive.
GRIDPAK is 3D gridding software for unix. Written in C, with makefiles
and uses mud2 version 3. Other applications include XCOAST2, an X-application
for drwaing grid boundaries of the (?US) coastline, and fine & coarse
resolutioncoastlines for xgrid, plus etopo5 bathymetry/topography data.
The US GeoData FTP Access site has links to public domain software for DEMs
plus access to a variety of USGS digital data sets eg 1:2,000,000 and
1:100,000 Digital Line Graphs.
7.5 Specialised GIS/Mapping/Imaging Techniques
Point in Polygon, Fastest Point on Polygon test by Eric Haines, in
Ray Tracing News, v5, no.3, Sept, 1992.<P>
Voronoi Tesselations source code in article Spatial Data and the
Voronoi Tesselations in Dr. Dobbs Journal, Dec. 1992.
Linear Time Algorithm Program, the DOS executable of the code published
in IJGIS, 1993, Vol. 7, No. 6. Retrieve the file CHITVD.ZIP. Documentation
Theissen Polygons, C source code for calculating the vectors for
s.voroni: the GRASS module.
MinMaxer from NCSA is a triangulation method that does the
QUAD.ASC is source code for image processing using quadtrees. It includes
unpublished source code and input data which accompany's Ray Dash's
article on using quadtrees for raster-image processing.
ImgStar is a set of image processing tools written in c (?for Unix).
It is intended to be used in conjuntion with Jef Poskanzer's pbmplus
toolkit for coordinate/file conversions.
GeoTIFF 1.0 file format and specifications, plus Beta GeoTIFF software
using the public domain LIBTIFF package. GeoTIFF is a collaborative effort
by a number of remote-sensing and cartographic raster data providers
and software vendors to establish a standard for geographically-orientated
raster-format data interchange using a standard TIFF tag extension.
The Graphics File Formats Home Page, formerly by Ian Tweedie and now
maintained by Martin Reddy. Notes, examples and code for a vast array of
graphics file formats. Can search the archives and the FAQ.
The SaGA Spatial and Geometric Analysis Toolbox for MatLab is by
Kirill Pankratov. The toolbox deals with geometry and planar, spherical,
three-dimensional, and multi-dimensional data.
Wm. Randolph Franklin has placed Fortran source for a Point Inclusion
in Polygon Test.
The Spatial Data Transfer Standard is a robust way of transferring
earth-referenced spatial data between dissimilar computer systems.
Triangle is freeware by Jonathan Shewchuk. It is a 2D quality mesh
generator and Delauny triangulator. It is capable of generating exact,
constrained and quality forming Delauny triangles.
The index page for the Netlib entries for Voronoi and Delauny Triangles
8. MAP DATA
Xerox's ftp site is described by Bill Thoen as a goldmine for
Map Datasets for DEM, DTM, TIGER data exchange for all kinds
of public domain map data.<P>
The EROS Data Center has 1:100,000 and 1:2,000,000 Digital Line Graph
land use/land cover and 1:250,000 Digital Elevation Models of the U.S.A.
There are also numerous Arc/Info coverages and AML's.
This directory on the Oakland software ftp repository has plotting programs
for geoscientists. Included are: grphc27.zip - Graphica scientific graphing
program is great; For piper and ternary plot programs
get the files piper10.zip and triplt22.zip. Try searching for these
at Oakland's Web server (see above).
Assorted graphics, plotting and mapping software from Environmental
Hydrosystems, including cad, acadlisp, alog101, dcw, jk2var,jkplot,
imgproc, makgrph5, ok206, rareplot, tplot44,
triplt, ungvec, xgplot, GIV (Dos), Contour (Dos), gnuplot (Dos & Unix),
gridding, khoros (Unix), giras, assorted mapping and DEM software.
Software for Graphics and Data Analysis is a collection of links to software
and tools collected by S. Baum of texas A&M University. Mostly for Linux.
The main links are to:
Mainly graphics orientated
Mainly numerical analysis
Mainly data formats
But also has links to Symbolic Mathematics, GUI development systems,
wavelet software/information and spectral analysis.
10. RAY TRACING
Ray Tracing home page - list of pointers to many freeware ray tracers
Summary of free ray traces
Rayshade is a popular ray tracer.
3DEM (version 1.4) is a 3D ray tracing program for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
It can produce landscape scenes either as a single view, left or right eye
views for stereographic viewing, or combined red-blue anaglyphs. It can also
produce scenes from the NASA Viking Orbiter digital maps. It is freeware.
11. COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS
This section contains the software developed at organisations which are
relatively low priced and descriptions/demonstrations are available
on the net.
Rockware Inc. is a retailer of software for the geosciences. They have
placed their catalog description on the web, at:
Watermark Computing's web page has a description of its PEST software suite
for model-independent non-linear parameter estimation. There are also
links to MODFLOW utilities.
Jim Nelson has been developing Basin Delineation software since 1990. It
runs under Unix or Windows. There is a free demo version.
Other software from the ECGL site includes WMS (Water Shed Modeling
System), FastTAB (hydrodynamic modeling system), FastSEEP (automatic
seepage modeling) and Surface-Water Modeling
Silverplatter Products on the Internet. Silverplatter market a number of
databases on CD-ROM. One of these, Geo-REF, is of interest to geoscientists.
You can download trial versions of their products or get a guest account.
See American Geological Institute in part 1 for GeoRef Newsletter.
Statistical Analysis of Natural Resource Data (SAND) specialises in
software for geostatistical analysis for reservoir evaluation and delineation.
Software includes CONTSIM, HAVANAH, SEQUENCE and HORIZON. Has links to
other sites in geostatistics, statistics and stochostic models.
Strategic Mapping Inc. (SMI) develops and markets the Atlas range of GIS
products for Dos and Windows. A demo version of the Windows package can be
downloaded. Info on the AGIS-L Internet Atlas GIS user group. Also links
other GIS resources.
The GIS Software Listing of Commercial Developers by Oliver Weatherbee.
Does contain some shareware locations.
MatLab is Visualisation Software from Mathworks. The site includes news,
notes, faq, technical questions and user contributed M/MEX files. The
software apparently is used quite alot by oceanography researchers.
IntelliGIS Inc. is a provider of GIS products for the petroleum industry.
Software is Unix and Windows based.
Kovach Computing provide low cost Dos and Windows statistical software.
Shareware versions exist. Products include Oriana (for circular analysis,
rose diagrams and the like) and MVSP (multi-variate statistics).
Digital Land Systems Research develop the SAGE GIS system, which includes
Sage GIS, Capture, Cartographer. Demo software is available.
Lynx Geosystems develop and market mine planning software and the Lynx
Geoscience Modeling System. It is for Unix and PC's. They also have a low cost
geology/mining software for educational institutes.
Petroway Inc has made available demonstration versions of some of their
software. Included are Automate for Windows (well test interpretation
software) and Winboast (black-oil simulation software).
Able Software Co. produces tools for GIS and Mappping. R2V is a Windows
and NT raster to vector conversion system. Demo software available.
Golden Software, Inc. make Surfer (a great contouring package) for Dos
and Windows, Grapher for Dos and Windows plus MapViewer. Demo versions
of their software is avalable.
ConSolve Inc. develope advanced software products for scientists, engineers
etc. Two main products are SitePlanner and SiteView. Demo copy of SiteView
for Windows is available.
Landmark Graphics Corp is a supplier of exploration and production
info-systems and services for the Petroleum Industry. They market
software for seismic, well log etc.
FTP Archives Index page, product support
UserNet, their technical newsletter, is on-line.
Pangaea Scientific is a software devoloper for the Earth Sciences. Its
products, mainly for Dos and Windows, include SpheriStat (orientation
analysis), GMM (geological map maker), Quake (earth quake modeling),
Parallax 3D (3D modeling), MetPet (metamorphic composition and reaction
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have developed and sell
a graphics/mapping program for 2D and 3D visualisations called NCAR Graphics.
It is for for Unix boxes. For info etc see:
for Version 4.0
for Version 3.2.1
TCI Software develops software for AutoCAD map makers. Their products
include Polymorph, Curvefit2 and Map Accessories.
a list of other web sites for autocad mapmakers.
Geodyssey Ltd develop and market Hipparchus, a GIS toolkit for C and C++
Geosoft Ltd. at Leed, UK, produce a suite of toolkits for mapping
application development in MS Windows. The products are designed for
programmers to write GIS into their applications.
MathSoft distribute the S-Plus Spatial Statistics software, which is designed
to analyse spatially sampled data in fields like the environment, mining,
WASY Ltd develop and market (amongst other software) FEFLOW, a finite element
subsurface flow system for Sun and Silicon Graphics workstations.
Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica (a comprehensive mathematical
library), with a dem version. Also a scientific visualisation gallery.
Stephan's Technical Thermochemistry Web Page has links to the ChemSage
software collection, including ChemGeo which was developed specifically
for geochemists and geophysicists
ER Mapper is an image processing and mapping package for Windows and Unix
Pierre Zippi has a collection of assorted Macintosh software of interest to
those in the Earth Sciences. They are mainly suited for geology,
paleontology and general Earth Sciences, eg Counter, Dipmeter, plots,
Diversity calculator, Log plots, Range Charts Rose diagrams etc.
GridStat is a 3D reservoir characterisation package based on geostatistics.
It runs on Windows and Unix platforms and was developed by Texaco Exploration
and Production Technology.
ViewLog Systems develop and market geophysical data processing and groundwater
modelling software for Dos and Windows. Products include ViewLog, ViewSeis,
ModView (for use with ModFlow) and GridManager. Demo software available.
Applied Global Technologies develop and market the WinCAT GIS software
The freeware version of their WinCats software is able to view the
USGS DRG and DOQ (jpeg) imagery files.
Water Resouces Consulting Services market hydrology and hydraulics software.
They have all the HEC software from the US Army Corps of Engineers,
links to various freeware software such as Dersert, Cepipe, TR-55, SWMM.
Intermountain Digital Computing have released QUADConvert. This software
will take the 28 quadrant images for the LTWG QUAD Lands scene and stitch
them together in 7 fast format image arrays, complete with Rev. B header
in under 5 minutes. It is vailable for Dos, Windows and several Unix systems.
John Davis is an independent consultant specialising in Computer
Applications in Mining and Geology, especially in exploration,
resource evaluation and geostatistics and customisation and bespoke
programming. Some products include GeoBASys (geological borehole analysis
software), Vario96 (semi-variogram modelling), GridORE (block/grid
ore reserve estimation) PolyORE (polygonal ore resource estimation)
GTGS provide software for the Geotechnical industry. Their product line
includes GTGS, an integrated data base and presentation graphics system,
GTLog, a smaller version of GTGS, TimeMachine and Mercury.
SSG is a distributor of hydrology, hydrogeology and geology software.
Software includes USGS, EPA and privately developed models for ground water,
surface water, parameter estimation, coastal area, geochemical, watershed,
risk assessment and geostatistical.
Phillip Ingram phone (02) 9850 8401
School of Earth Sciences, fax (02) 9850 8428
Macquarie University, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
N.S.W., 2109, Australia alias: Phil.Ingram@mq.edu.au