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10 of the Best Free Linux Earth Science Software

10 of the Best Free Linux Earth Science Software

Earth science (also known as geoscience) is the focus of understanding the sciences related to the planet Earth. It includes a wide range of fields such as geology, geography, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, and glaciology. Some people are surprised to learn that astronomy is also regarded to be an earth science. Geology is generally considered to be the primary earth science.

Earth scientists plays an important role in helping nations minimise risks that are posed by climate change and natural disasters (such as floods, tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes).

Science really prospers and advances when individuals share the results of their experiments with others in the scientific community. There is a certain logic that scientific software should therefore be released under an open source license. Software is crucial in helping earth scientists carry out scientific research in understanding the system earth and its interplay with society.

Linux has a particularly strong and mature set of scientific software including a wide range of open source earth science software. We have not forgotten about astronomy software, but our picks in 42 of the Best Free Linux Scientific Software highlighted our recommendations in this field.

To provide an insight into the open source software that is available, we have compiled a list of 10 of our favourite earth science software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for budding scientists that need to work with large amounts of data with spatial attributes.

So, let's explore the 10 earth science software at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Earth Science Software
GRASS Geographic Resources Analysis Support System
Seismic Toolkit Tool for seismic signal processing in a graphical interface
Quantum GIS User friendly Geographic Information System
Survex Cave surveying and mapping software
SAGA System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses
uDig Spatial data viewer/editor
Therion Cave surveying - 2D and 3D drawing software
GrADS Grid Analysis and Display System for earth science data
Generic Mapping Tools Collection of tools that allow users to manipulate (x,y) and (x,y,z) data sets
ncview Visual browser for NetCDF format files

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