gmt - The Generic Mapping Tools data processing and display software package

GMTis a collection of public-domain Unix tools that allows you to manipulate x,y and x,y,z data sets (filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and producePostScriptillustrations ranging from simple x-y plots, via contour maps, to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-d perspective views in black/white or 24bit color. Linear, log10, and power scaling is supported in additon to 22 common map projections. The processing and display routines within GMT are completely general and will handle any (x,y) or (x,y,z) data as input.

The following is a summary of all the programs supplied with GMT and a very short description of their purpose. Detailed information about each program can be found in the separate manual pages. blockmean L2 (x,y,z) data filter/decimator blockmedian L1 (x,y,z) data filter/decimator blockmode Mode (x,y,z) data filter/decimator filter1d Filter 1-D data sets (time series) fitcircle Finds the best-fitting great circle for a set of points gmtconvert Convert between ASCII and binary 1-D tables gmtdefaults List the current default settings gmtmath Mathematical operations on data tables gmtset Set individual default parameters gmtselect Extract data subsets based on spatial criteria grdfilter Filter 2-D data sets in the space domain grd2cpt Make a color palette table from a grdfile grd2xyz Conversion from 2-D gridded file to table data grdclip Limit the z-range in gridded data sets grdcontour Contouring of 2-D gridded data sets grdcut Cut a sub-region from a grd file grdedit Modify header information in a 2-D gridded file grdfft Perform operations on grdfiles in the frequency domain grdgradient Compute directional gradient from grdfiles grdhisteq Histogram equalization for grdfiles grdimage Produce images from 2-D gridded data sets grdinfo Get information about grd files grdlandmask Create mask grdfile from shoreline data base grdmask Reset nodes outside a clip path to a constant grdmath Mathematical operations on grdfiles grdpaste Paste together grdfiles along a common edge grdproject Project gridded data sets onto a new coordinate system grdreformat Converting between different grdfile formats grdsample Resample a 2-D gridded data set onto a new grid grdtrend Fits polynomial trends to grdfiles grdtrack Sampling of 2-D data set along 1-D track grdvector Plot vector fields from grdfiles grdview 3-D perspective imaging of 2-D gridded data sets grdvolume Volume calculations from 2-D gridded data sets makecpt Make GMT color palette tables mapproject Transformation of coordinate systems for table data minmax Find extreme values in data tables nearneighbor Nearest-neighbor gridding scheme project Project data onto lines/great circles psbasemap Create a basemap plot psclip Use polygon files to define clipping paths pscoast Plot coastlines and filled continents on maps pscontour Contour xyz-data by triangulation pshistogram Plot a histogram psimage Plot images (Sun rasterfiles) on maps psmask Create overlay to mask out regions on maps psrose Plot sector or rose diagrams psscale Plot grayscale or colorscale on maps pstext Plot textstrings on maps pswiggle Draw time-series along track on maps psxy Plot symbols, polygons, and lines on maps psxyz Plot symbols, polygons, and lines in 3-D sample1d Resampling of 1-D table data sets spectrum1d Compute various spectral estimates from time-series splitxyz Split xyz-files into several segments surface A continuous curvature gridding algorithm trend1d Fits polynomial or Fourier trends to y = f(x) series trend2d Fits polynomial trends to z = f(x,y) series triangulate Perform optimal Delaunay triangulation and gridding xyz2grd Convert an equidistant xyz file to a 2-D grd file

Look up the individual man pages for details. Information is also avaiable on the GMT World Wide Web home page (http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/gmt)

Wessel, P., and W. H. F. Smith, 1999, The Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) version 3.2 Technical Reference & Cookbook, SOEST/NOAA. Wessel, P., and W. H. F. Smith, 1998, New, Improved Version of Generic Mapping Tools Released, EOS Trans., AGU, 79 (47), p. 579. Wessel, P., and W. H. F. Smith, 1995, New Version of the Generic Mapping Tools Released, EOS Trans., AGU, 76 (33), p. 329. Wessel, P., and W. H. F. Smith, 1995, New Version of the Generic Mapping Tools Released, http://www.agu.org/eos_elec/95154e.html, Copyright 1995 by the American Geophysical Union. Wessel, P., and W. H. F. Smith, 1991, Free Software Helps Map and Display Data, EOS Trans., AGU, 72 (41), p. 441.

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