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The Generic Mapping Tools for Geodesy

Material for the 2019 UNAVCO Short Course.

Instructors: Paul Wessel, Joaquim Luis, Leonardo Uieda, Dongdong Tian, Xiaohua Xu

When: July 22-23 (Monday-Tuesday), 2019. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (beach time 5-6 pm)

Where: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

Bring: Participants must bring their own computers (Mac, Windows, or Linux) with the required software already installed (see Installing below).

This 2-day course will cover the use of Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) in geodesy using UNIX shell scripting. Lectures and exercises will be given to teach the basic conventions of using GMT, such as plotting grids, images, and vector data (points, lines, polygons). Labs will include both processing and mapping of various data sets relevant to geodesy.


Participants will need to install some software for the workshop. Please follow these instructions before the workshop.

Need help?

If you have any trouble installing or questions about the course/homeworks, there are a few ways to ask for help:

Video, Slides and Notes

The workshop video recording can be found on Youtube:

The slides with notes for the course are available in this Google Drive folder:

We also have shared notes on this Google Docs:


Day 1
08:30-09:00 Breakfast 30 min
09:00-09:15 Introductions 15 min
09:15-09:30 Overview 15 min
09:30-10:00 Install help 30 min
10:00-10:15 Break 15 min
10:15-12:00 GMT Basics 105 min
12:00-01:30 Lunch 90 min
01:30-03:15 Symbols and lines 105 min
03:15-03:30 Break 15 min
03:30-04:45 Grids and images 105 min
04:45-05:00 Wrap up 15 min
06:00-07:30 Pizza (Munch room) 90 min
Day 2
08:30-09:00 Breakfast 30 min
09:00-10:30 Seismology 90 min
10:30-10:45 Break 15 min
10:45-12:00 Geodesy 75 min
12:00-01:30 Lunch 90 min
01:30-03:00 Animations 90 min
03:00-03:15 Break 15 min
03:15-04:45 Final projects 90 min
04:45-05:00 Wrap up 15 min


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