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University of Southern California
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USC Geodynamics Earth Science Computing Environment (UGESCE)

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A complete VirtualBox Linux installation that contains SEATREE, GPlates 1.2, iGMT, GMT, shansyn, and a range of other Earth science software and datasets (see below).
This customized Linux virtual machine is intended to provide easy access to a range of freely available Earth science software and data to illustrate the capabilities of such open source tools, and assist in teaching map making and solid Earth research.

Download and installation

The free VirtualBox software (available for Windows, OS-X, and Linux) needs to be installed first. Then, donwload and install any of the UGESCE files below as described here (this only works for 64bit systems, sorry!): Those are large files, but might be your best bets to install the software independent of platform and operating system. Please send us feedback if you like to see different software or data included or hae problem in the use of UGESCE. For general VirtualBox questions, please see the web and the VirtualBox manual.

For more information on how to use some of the software included such as GMT and iGMT, see, for example, my computing and Earth science mapping teaching material, such as my Mapping and Modeling Earth Science Data short course, and the iGMT and SEATREE web site.

UGESCE v. 0.21 includes:

  • Software
    • Fedora 14 as the LINUX OS
    • GPlates 1.2
    • GMT 4.5.7, Netcdf
    • iGMT 1.2
    • SEATREE 2.0
    • Latex, python, ipython, numpy
    • g3data, octave, gnuplot
    • paraview 3.4
    • grads, GRASS
    • GNU C and Fortran compilers
    • All plotting scripts and tomography models used to make the plots in Becker's (2012) evaluation of western US seismic tomography
    • numerous other geophysics/geology type bash and awk scripts and small binaries
  • Datasets
    • ETOPO2
    • Mueller et al. (2008) seafloor age
    • Smith & Sandwell (1997) gravity and geoid
    • sediment thickness from Laske & Masters (1997)
    • GSHAP PGA hazard map (Giardini et al., 2000)
    • Western US tomography models
    • hotspots, volcanoes, city names, WSM data as of the iGMT distribution


Partial support provided through NSF-CAREER.

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Updated: April 15, 2014. (c) USC Geodynamics