Software, coding & illustration tools
Some of the most useful tools I’ve been introduced to by a host of experienced scientists ~
GIS, mapping, & satellite images for general use
QGIS – open-source GIS platform
Sentinel Hub Playground – recent satellite images from around the world; can filter based on cloud cover. (Hint: apply the atmospheric correction under the Effects tab)
Digital Globe – outline areas and search for available satellite images
Science illustration & graphics
Inkscape – free open-source application
ColorBrewer – interactive color palettes
cbrewer – ColorBrewer palettes for use directly in Matlab
cmocean – more great Matlab color maps, geared toward Oceanography applications
Resources for working with point cloud data
Cloud Compare – application for viewing/cleaning xyz data
MB System – command-line application hosted by MBARI for gridding multibeam data (for example). Have had success using with Homebrew – see their installation instructions.
XQuartz – plugin needed for MB System (and some other useful applications)
VirtualBox – for running Windows on Mac (need a properly licensed install copy of Windows). Have had success running instruments through serial with VirtualBox, after setting up the com ports correctly.
GeoMapApp – a bathymetric mapping application and repository for some federally funded datasets
OpenCPN – open source software for ship-board vessel tracking (pair with GPS)
CyberDuck – server/cloud browser (e.g., for ssh and ftp connections)
BBEdit – advanced text editor (the successor to Text Wrangler) – for Mac
Notepad++ – advanced text editor for Windows
USGS Science Base – repository for some great datasets – for example, data from the Elwha River dam removal, including georeferenced orthoimages and time series of suspended sediment concentrations during the deconstruction.
Pangaea – data repository
NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal – GIS data hub for North Carolina