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The Generic Mapping Tools and Animations for the Masses
  • Paul Wessel,
  • Federico Damián Esteban,
  • Guillaume Delaviel-Anger
Paul Wessel
SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Federico Damián Esteban
Instituto de Geociencias Básicas, Aplicadas y Ambientales de Buenos Aires - IGEBA

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Guillaume Delaviel-Anger
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Yale University
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-The Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) is a well-known set of software originally developed for geosciences, allowing scientists in climate and solid earth disciplines to routinely create publish-ready maps and graphics. However, GMT users rarely make animations despite their undeniable benefit for understanding and teaching dynamical processes. As reading habits shift from print to digital, capitalizing on animations for illustrating scientific concepts is more accessible than ever. In the latest GMT version (6.5) we have added and refined the moving-making modules, alleviating the time-consuming steps that would hinder GMT users from making such animations. In this paper we will explain how GMT ”movie” works then provide six representative examples, from basic to more advanced, to show some of its key features. We hope our presentation will encourage the masses to routinely create animations for their publications.  
25 Mar 2024Submitted to ESS Open Archive
25 Mar 2024Published in ESS Open Archive