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14 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 minimize risks that are posed by climate change and natural disasters (such as floods, tornadoes, 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 we’ve previously published recent articles on the finest astronomy software and astronomical data analysis tools.

To provide an insight into the open source software that is available, we have compiled a list of 14 of our favorite 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. Here’s our findings for each of the software.

Earth Science Software

So, let’s explore the 14 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
GRASSGeographic Resources Analysis Support System
Quantum GISUser friendly Geographic Information System
SurvexCave surveying and mapping software
SAGASystem for Automated Geoscientific Analyses
uDigSpatial data viewer/editor
TherionCave surveying - 2D and 3D drawing software
GrADSGrid Analysis and Display System for earth science data
GPlatesInteractive visualization of plate-tectonics
Generic Mapping ToolsCollection of tools that allow users to manipulate data sets
OpenJUMPGeographic Information System written in Java
gvSIG DesktopPowerful, user-friendly Geographic Information System
Seismic ToolkitTool for seismic signal processing in a graphical interface
PostGISDatabase extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database
ncviewVisual browser for NetCDF format files
Return to our complete collection of recommended free and open source software including our latest additions.
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