prospective software

This page will point at some interesting software which might not yet been commonly known or used but indicates some potential.
It is aimed to update this page over the time…

  • The OpenSceneGraph Project Website: “The OpenSceneGraph is an open source high performance 3D graphics toolkit, used by application developers in fields such as visual simulation, games, virtual reality, scientific visualization and modelling. Written entirely in Standard C++ and OpenGL it runs on all Windows platforms, OSX, GNU/Linux, IRIX, Solaris, HP-Ux, AIX and FreeBSD operating systems. The OpenSceneGraph is now well established as the world leading scene graph technology, used widely in the vis-sim, space, scientific, oil-gas, games and virtual reality industries.”

  • osgEarth ( “ a 3D mapping SDK for OpenSceneGraph applications. It’s different than traditional terrain engines in an important way: osgEarth does not require you to build a 3D terrain model before you display it. Instead, it will access the raw data sources at application run time and composite them into a 3D map on the fly. No terrain model is actually stored to disk, though it does use caching techniques to speed up the rendering of the map.”
  • OpenEarth Product Suite: OpenEarth from Deltares is a collection of various tools, links and tutorials. OpenEarth strives for web services for data, models and tools.
    In their own words: “OpenEarth is a free and open source initiative to deal with Data, Models and Tools in marine & coastal science & engineering projects. In current practice, research, consultancy and construction projects commonly spend a significant part of their budget to setup some basic infrastructure for data and knowledge management. Most of these efforts disappear again once the project is finished. As an alternative to these ad-hoc approaches, OpenEarth aims for a more continuous approach to data & knowledge management. It provides a platform to archive, host and disseminate high quality data, state-of-the-art model systems and well-tested tools for practical analysis. Through this project-superseding approach, marine & coastal engineers and scientists can learn from experiences in previous projects and each other. This may lead to considerable efficiency gains, both in terms of budget and time. The following 2 papers describe the OpenEarth approach in more detail: NCK 2012 & WODCON 2010

  • Climate Data Operators from the Max-Planck-Institut fuer MeteorologieCDO is a collection of command line Operators to manipulate and analyse Climate and NWP model Data. Currently supported data formats are GRIB‭ ‬1/2,‭ ‬netCDF‭ ‬3/4,‭ ‬SERVICE,‭ ‬EXTRA and IEG.‭ ‬At the present there are more than‭ ‬600‭ ‬operators available.