PyGPlates beta revision 12 released

PyGPlates beta revision 12 released

Welcome to the first beta release of the GPlates Python library known as pyGPlates.

PyGPlates enables access to GPlates functionality via the Python programming language. This may be of particular use to researchers requiring more flexibility than is provided by the GPlates user interface.

The following pyGPlates functionality is available:-

  • Load and save feature data (GPML, Shapefile, etc).
  • Create/modify/query feature data.
  • Traverse/modify/query plate rotation hierarchy.
  • Partition into plates and assign plate properties.
  • Reconstruct geometries, flowlines, motion paths.
  • Resolve topological plates and query their boundary sections (ridges/subductions).
  • Calculate velocities.
  • Distance between geometries (region-of-interest queries).
  • Geometry queries (length, point-in-polygon, area, centroid, tessellate, interpolate, join, partition).

Download this release from the Download page. It supports Python 2.7. And compiles and runs on Windows 7/8/8.1, Linux and MacOS X.

The pyGPlates documentation and tutorials are available on the User Documentation page.

The pyGPlates documentation includes:

  • an introduction to pyGPlates,
  • an installation guide,
  • a 'Getting Started' tutorial,
  • documented sample code,
  • foundations of pyGPlates, and
  • a detailed reference of pyGPlates functions and classes.

The pyGPlates tutorials are Jupyter Notebooks that analyse and visualise real-world data using pyGPlates. These tutorials complement the sample code in the pyGPlates documentation by providing a more research-oriented focus.