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Ground Penetrating Radar Data Processing and Visualization using GPRPy
  • Alain Plattner
Alain Plattner
University of Alabama

Corresponding Author:amplattner@ua.edu

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Allowing near-surface geophysics students to learn ground penetrating radar (GPR) data processing through hands-on exercises poses a challenge because of the high cost of professional GPR software. Free processing and visualization packages are scarce and often either require other commercial software such as Matab, which many students may not have on their own computers, or they are limited to specific operating systems. To allow students to process GPR data on their own computers, for example data collected as part of a class-based research project or online available data, the processing software needs to be (1) free, (2) platform independent, (3) easy to install and use, and should record the steps the students take to obtain their results in order to facilitate reproducibility and grading. GPRPy (https://github.com/NSGeophysics/GPRPy) is an open-source ground penetrating radar data processing and visualization software that has a graphical user interface and which is also scriptable. It is python-based, making it platform independent and independent of commercial programming environments. The graphical user interface allows for writing out humanly readable python scripts that can be run from the command line to automatize the data processing and visualization. GPRPy is hosted on the collaborative software development website GitHub, allowing educators and researchers to create and adapt their own versions to their needs.