PAST (PAlaeontological STatistics), free software for scientific data analysis. It is possible to manipulate data, plot graphs, do statistical, ecological, time series, spatial, morphometric and stratigraphical analysis and plots. I’ve used it a little but not explored it fully, downloaded it at home yesterday to help with some plots for a publication I’m working on. […]
Insightmaker – Free System Dynamics Modelling
Insightmaker is a great free web app for building systems dynamics models. You can build stock-and-flow models or causal link models for Bayesian Belief Networks. It is great way to try and get the the logic of the system straight!
A fantastic piece of software for plotting and analysing structural data using stereonets. Input the raw data using a text file or directly in the software itself and then fiddle with poles, planes, rose diagrams etc to your hearts content!
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS has a huge array of resources including: Data and Tools, Maps, Software, Publications and Multimedia. They have sections that cover Earthquakes, eater, remote Sensing, Volcanoes and Landslides
IsoplotR is a free online tool with a lot of flexibility for creating diagrams from isotope ratios, particularly for use in geochronology. This is an online version of the usual Isoplot add-in for Microsoft Excel.
Your are going to need GIS skills, so here is the software to get you started. Free and open source: Quantum GIS.
British Geological Survey Apps
The British Geological Survey has a wealth of apps for you to explore the geology of the UK. Take a look at their iGeology App, also available in 3D.
G Plates – Plate Tectonics
GPlates is desktop software for the interactive visualisation of plate-tectonics. GPlates offers a novel combination of interactive plate-tectonic reconstructions, geographic information system (GIS) functionality and raster data visualisation. GPlates enables both the visualisation and the manipulation of plate-tectonic reconstructions and associated data through geological time. GPlates runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.
OpendTect – Open Source Seismic Interpretation
No excuse not to brush up your seismic interpretation skills: OpendTect is free to download. There are several free plugins as well, and lots of very sophisticated commercial plug ins.