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Processing and gridding spatial data, machine-learning style

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Part of the Fatiando a Terra project

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Verde is a Python library for processing spatial data (topography, point clouds, bathymetry, geophysics surveys, etc) and interpolating them on a 2D surface (i.e., gridding) with a hint of machine learning.

Our core interpolation methods are inspired by machine-learning. As such, Verde implements an interface that is similar to the popular scikit-learn library. We also provide other analysis methods that are often used in combination with gridding, like trend removal, blocked/windowed operations, cross-validation, and more!

Project goals

  • Provide a machine-learning inspired interface for gridding spatial data
  • Integration with the Scipy stack: numpy, pandas, scikit-learn, and xarray
  • Include common processing and data preparation tasks, like blocked means and 2D trends
  • Support for gridding scalar and vector data (like wind speed or GPS velocities)
  • Support for both Cartesian and geographic coordinates

Project status

Verde is stable and ready for use! This means that we are careful about introducing backwards incompatible changes and will provide ample warning when doing so. Upgrading minor versions of Verde should not require making changes to your code.

The first major release of Verde was focused on meeting most of these initial goals and establishing the look and feel of the library. Later releases will focus on expanding the range of gridders available, optimizing the code, and improving algorithms so that larger-than-memory datasets can also be supported.

Getting involved

🗨️ Contact us: Find out more about how to reach us at

👩🏾‍💻 Contributing to project development: Please read our Contributing Guide to see how you can help and give feedback.

🧑🏾‍🤝‍🧑🏼 Code of conduct: This project is released with a Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Imposter syndrome disclaimer: We want your help. No, really. There may be a little voice inside your head that is telling you that you're not ready, that you aren't skilled enough to contribute. We assure you that the little voice in your head is wrong. Most importantly, there are many valuable ways to contribute besides writing code.

This disclaimer was adapted from the MetPy project.


This is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the BSD 3-clause License. A copy of this license is provided in LICENSE.txt.