Image courtesy of Igor Yashayaev, Bedrod Institute of Oceanography, Canada
Image courtesy of Maciek Pasiok, Geofizyka Torun
Model Data in Multi-Dimensions
View your data in a new dimension. Surfer’s 3D modeling features allow you to model and analyze all aspects of your data. Use 3D maps to distinguish patterns and trends otherwise missed in the 2D space.
Surfer gives you the tools to visualize and model all types of data, but it doesn’t stop there. Surfer’s extensive customization options allow you to convey complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. Enhance your maps and models with a variety of customizations options.
Surfer Customization Options
Add legends, cross sections, magnifiers, scale bars, and multiple axes
Include headers and footers
Apply linear or logarithmic color scales
Adjust tilt, rotation, and field of view angle
Edit all axis parameters
Include graticule lines or another grid
Combine or stack multiple maps
Define custom line styles and colors
Edit text, line, fill and symbol properties
Add text, polylines, polygons, symbols, and spline polylines
Include range rings
Make Meaningful Decisions
Get answers to your questions with Surfer’s geoprocessing tools. Process your data and analyze relationships. Narrow down areas of interest, highlight important intersections, or perform mathematical calculations on the underlying data to make informed decisions.
Surfer Geoprocessing Tools
Reshape, simplify, smooth polylines, polygons, and grids
Create buffers around points, polylines, and polygons
Convert between polygons and polylines
Create polygons by combining existing polygons
Create points or polygons in intersecting areas
Connect or break polylines at specified locations
Combine and split islands
Work Seamlessly with all Coordinate Systems
Your job is to transform data into valuable visualizations. Surfer’s job is to make it easy for you. Surfer effortlessly manages unreferenced data and data projected in different/multiple coordinate systems. It really is that easy.
Surfer Coordinate System Features
Over 2500 predefined coordinate systems
Create custom coordinate systems
Search coordinate systems by name or EPSG number
Reproject coordinate systems
Over 80 ellipsoids
Over 45 predefined linear units
Create custom linear units
Add graticule or grid lines to view different coordinate systems on a map
Image courtesy of Eric Dickenson, Environmental Science and Engineering Division, Colorado School of Mines.
Immediate Access to Online Data
An abundance of data is at your fingertips waiting to be visualized. Surfer gives you immediate access to OSM, WFS, WFC, and WMS servers. Download image, grid, and vector data for use in Surfer.
Grid Data with Certainty
Have complete confidence in the accuracy of your model. Surfer provides numerous interpolation methods to grid regularly or irregularly spaced data onto a grid or raster. Each interpolation method provides complete control over gridding parameters.
Control over search neighborhood size, shape, and constraints
Automatic data statistics
Create grid files directly from contour polylines
Grid to convex hull
Control over output geometry and resolution
Limit or clamp z-values
Full Grid Control
Manipulate grid files down to the finest detail. Surfer’s grid editor lets you quickly adjust contour lines by editing the underlying grid file. Brush, warp, smooth, push down or up, and erase grid nodes, and immediately view the changes to your grid-based maps. Alternatively, utilize the many grid editing functions to smooth, filter, and transform grids.
Surfer Grid Editing Features
Perform free-hand grid editing
Find the Z at any XY point location
Smooth grids with spline smoothing
Filter grids with high- and low-pass filters
Project grids from one coordinate system to another
Mosaic multiple grids together seamlessly
Extract smaller areas from a grid
Convert areas to nodata
Subtract the Z in the grid from the original Z
Add / subtract grids
Multiply / divide grids
Perform mathematical functions on grids
Calculate volume and area of grids
Transform, offset, rescale, rotate, or mirror grids
Seamlessly visualize and analyze data from multiple sources. Surfer natively reads numerous file formats including SHP, DXF, and XLSX. Surfer also supports all popular export formats. An extensive set of data management tools are at your disposal for complete compatibility.
PDF snippet courtesy of Alecos Demetriades, Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration.
Demetriades, A., 2011. The Lavrion urban geochemistry study, Hellas. Chapter 25 In: C.C. Johnson, A. Demetriades, J. Locutura & R.T. Ottesen (Editors), Mapping the chemical environment of urban areas. Wiley-Blackwell, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, U.K., 424-456.
Collaborate with Confidence
Quickly share your work with colleagues, stakeholders, and clients. Surfer models are ready for printed publication with the high quality export formats including PDF or TIF. Alternatively, share your work online with web compatible formats like JPG or PNG. If you are preparing for a presentation, simply copy and paste your map or model into presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Word.
You will be up and running in matter of minutes. Surfer’s user interface was designed to take the guesswork out of learning a new program. We worked hard to streamline workflows so you don’t have to.
Surfer User Interface Features
Welcome dialog to get you started
Map wizard to quickly create maps and models
Customize ribbon and quick access toolbar
Dock or float all windows
Single window to view, edit, and manipulate the data and maps
Contents window to easily manage layers of maps and models
Properties window for quick feature editing
Worksheet window to view or edit raw data
Work Smart, Not Hard with Automation
Don’t waste time doing the same process over and over. Create scripts to automate repetitive or recurring tasks. Surfer can be called from any automation-compatible programming languages such as C , Python, or Perl. Surfer also ships with Scripter, a built-in Visual Basic compatible scripting tool.