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Visualisation is the most important part of studying Geophysics. Due to lack of direct observation, geophysical interpretations are based on data processing and their Visualisation. There are numerous tools available in market for geophysical visualisation. I will specifically mention about community tools which are available for free of cost. These information may be useful for those who are in their primary stage of research in Geophysics.

SubMachine: Web-based tools for the interactive visualisation


SubMachine is a collection of web-based tools for the interactive visualisation, analysis, and quantitative comparison of global-scale, volumetric (3-D) data sets of the subsurface, with supporting tools for interacting with other, complementary models and data sets.
This visualisation tool is self-explainatory and well instructed in their website.

GPlates: Desktop software for the interactive visualisation of plate-tectonics





GPlates offers a novel combination of interactive plate-tectonic reconstructions, geographic information system (GIS) functionality and raster data visualisation. GPlates enables both the visualisation and the manipulation of plate-tectonic reconstructions and associated data through geological time.
A very well documented instruction to running GPlates can be found here.

Primarily the software can be used for tectonic reconstructions, however, quite handy for plotting 3-D images of earth in a spherical cell.



ParaView: An open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application





ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities.
There are multiple YouTube videos for learning ParaView. I will update soon.

Using paraview, we can prepare 3-D visualisation for earth models



Generic Mapping Tool: An open-source, code based geophysical map plotting tool





GMT is an open-source, code based visualisation tool for geophysical data. The updated version of GMT 5 and 6 are now available.

For beginners, it could be difficult to install GMT in their machine. Linux (Ububtu) is the recommended OS to work. I will update the installation process for GMT soon.

I have some basic GMT resources for students who are new in coding and are getting lost in huge repository of the GMT website.