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==== Screenshots ====
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[[Image:Mars1ana_crop.jpg|right|thumb|Mars 3D Anaglyph]]
* [http://grass.osgeo.org/grass62/screenshots/images/olympus_mons.jpg Olympus Mons, Mars topography from Mars Global Surveyor MOLA data]
* [http://grass.osgeo.org/grass62/screenshots/images/olympus_mons.jpg Olympus Mons, Mars topography from Mars Global Surveyor MOLA data]

Revision as of 14:05, 7 July 2013

GIS Support

  • GRASS lat/lon regions may be used as 0-360 longitude, not just 180 east+west.
  • In GRASS 6 you can set and add custom ellipsoids, see the g.setproj module. Permanently adding custom ellipsoids can be done by hand, the config tables for that are plain self-documenting text files, so reasonably easy to edit. An ellipse table with planetary spheroids (to put as $GISBASE/etc/*.table files) is available here.
  • GRASS 7 now includes the planetary ellipsoid tables and support is present in the wxGUI location wizard.

Open Issues

  • r.out.gdal exports 'unknown' ellipsoids / datums, and also the reference meridian is named 'Greenwich'

Example of the use of GRASS GIS in Planetary Research

GRASS ps.map output as published in an article in the journal Science.

Psmap on sciencemag.png


Data summary (1999):



  • r.crater is an addon module for GRASS 7 which estimates the size of a gravity dominated impact crater, or alternatively works backwards to estimate the size of the projectile that made it.
  • d.anaglyph is an addon module for creating 3D stereo images. (see Stereoscopic analysis and Stereo anaglyphs wiki pages)

Mars topography

Olympus Mons, Mars

See tutorial in GRASSNews volume 1:

Global dataset of bathymetry and topography. GRASS Newsletter, 1:8-11, August 2004. ISSN 1614-8746.


Mars 3D Anaglyph

See also

  • Frigeri, A, Hare, T, Neteler, M., Coradini, A, Federico, C, Orosei, R. (2011). A research environment for digital planetary data processing and mapping using ISIS and GRASS GIS. Planetary and Space Science, 59(11-12), pp.1265-1272 [ DOI | PDF ]
these just define the simple reference ellipsoids, so dx=dy=dz=0.
GRASS currently uses the IAU2000 definitions in the ellipse.table.solar.system file.
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