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Course Information | 2019 The Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) for Geodesy

  • Dates: July 22-23, 2019
  • Times: Course will begin at 9:00 a.m. on July 22 and end at 5:00 p.m. on July 23
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

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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.

This course was recorded and can be accessed here: GMT short course recording

Brief Agenda

  • Get the latest GMT version 6
  • GMT basics (colors, pens, fills)
  • GMT basemaps (coastlines and/or DEM backgrounds)
  • GMT workflows


    Students should bring their own laptop capable of running GMT (OS X, Linux, or Windows; including variants like ubuntu bash for Windows, or Cygwin). Those who also intend to take the GMTSAR course should check the additional requirements for that course.


  • Paul Wessel, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Joaquim Luis, University of Algarve, Portugal
  • Leonardo Uieda, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Dongdong Tian, Michican State University
  • Xiaohua Xu, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Other Activities

  • Students will present final workflow of a publication-quality geodesy-related illustration.
  • Optional beach time 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Please contact Paul Wessel:


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