Scientific Software

NCEAS encourages and strongly supports the use of open source software packages. Software packages such as R, GRASS GIS, and PostgreSQL have benefited from significant contributions from the scientific community. These packages are distributed under an open software license, and publish their source code and algorithms. NCEAS also recognizes that for some research, commercial proprietary software products are the best alternative and we support such packages.

Mathematics and Statistics Software

GIS and Spatial Analysis Software

Additional Software Resources

GIS and Geospatial Data Analysis

Wikipedia List of Spatial Analysis Software

Diva GIS Software

DIVA-GIS is open source software particularly useful for mapping and analyzing biodiversity data. The web site includes a comprehensive global spatial data archive.

This site presents the Thematic Mapping Engine, software for creating innovative thematic maps using GoogleEarth technology.

UC Davis Soil Resource Laboratory

A great resource for soils-related geospatial research, the Software section contains many concise R spatial analysis examples.

GeoDa Center For Geospatial Analysis and Computation

Luc Anselin's (Arizona State University) successor to his Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL). Good resource for state-of-the-art geospatial analysis methods and software tools.

Free GIS Clearinghouse

The FreeGIS Project: A software overview for Free Geographic Information Systems

ArcGIS+R Geospatial Modeling Environment

As of ArcGIS 10, this supersedes the well-known Hawth's Analysis Tools For ArcGIS.

Climate Data Operators (CDO)

CDO is a collection of command line utilities that manipulate and analyze climate data in GRIB, netCDF, SERVICE, EXTRA and IEG formats.

Unified Mapping Platform (JUMP)

JUMP is a GUI-based application for viewing and processing spatial data. It is also an extensible framework for developing and running custom spatial data processing applications.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

OGC is a non-profit, standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location-based services.

Image Processing and Analysis

Windows Image Manager (WIM)

A general-purpose image analysis software used to view and analyze environmental satellite data

NASA SeaWIFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS) Software

A comprehensive image analysis package for the processing, display, analysis, and quality control of ocean color satellite (SeaWIFS,MODIS, OCTS,CZCS) image data

Tutorial: Download and Resampling of MODIS Images Using R

An end-to-end example demonstrates both download and processing of MODIS data from NASA servers, as well as the creation of a ready-for-analysis MODIS image mosaic at user-specified spatial resolution.

Relational Database Management




Miscellaneous Programmer Tools

Comprehensive vi / vim Editor Tutorial - good for ANY computer platform

Introduction to UNIX/Linux for beginners

Sun MPI 7.0 (OpenMPI) Software Programming and Reference Manual

Web Site Development

HTML Tutorial with Examples