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PCRaster = A dynamic modeling free software for distributed simulation models in ecology, hydrology, and geography.
Entry ID: PC_Raster
Abstract: PCRaster is a dynamic Modeling system for distributed simulation models. The main applications of PCRaster are found in environmental Modeling: geography, hydrology, ecology to name a few. Examples include rainfall-runoff models, vegetation competition models and slope stability models.
PCRaster is a raster Modeling environment. It includes sophisticated raster GIS functionality emphasizing on ... analytical capabilities. PCRaster uses a scripting language for constructing models describing processes through time. These dynamic simulation models can easily be constructed using the rich set of model building blocks and functions found in PCRaster.
Furthermore, The Dynamic Modelling language of PCRaster provides a set of more than 120 spatial and temporal operators that can be used for building (static) Cartographic Models and Dynamic Models. These include:
* Point operators
analytical and arithmetical functions, Boolean operators, conditional statements, operators for relations, comparison, rounding, (random) field generation
* Window operators
for calculations in moving windows of variable size (highpass filtering, edge filtering, moving averages, etc.)
* Area operators
for calculations in specified areas or classes
* Spread operators
for calculation of distances or cost paths over a map
* Geomorphological operators
functions for hillslope and catchment analysis, definition of hydrological topology
* Hydrological operators
for modelling transport (drainage) of material over a local drain direction map with routing functions
* Time operators
for retrieving and storing temporal data in iterative Dynamic Models
(Source: PCRaster Environmental Software and Utrecht University.)
Use Constraints 1. Use of the software implies that you have read this licence agreement
and agree fully with what is stated in this document.
2. You are licenced to use the software on one computer. You may install
the software on multiple computers and/or make back-up copies of the
software, provided that only one copy of the software is used at any time.
... Any unauthorized duplication of PCRaster or its accompanying documentation
3. The software package PCRaster is developed by and copyright (c) since 1987
by PCRaster Environmental Software and the Faculty of Geographical Sciences
of Utrecht University.
4. Use of the software is permitted under the following conditions:
a. Not to sell or give away the software or any products which incorporate
parts of or the total PCRaster package.
b. Not to use the software or the practical exercises to give courses to
third parties without prior approval of the owners of PCRaster.
c. Not to develop any product which incorporate PCRaster or can be
considered a shell executing PCRaster commands.
d. Not to change the software, alter the software, decompile or use
'reverse engineering' or disassembly techniques, develop products based
on the software or to create 'look and feel' products derived from the
e. To accept the program as is, with no obligation on the part of the
developers to provide corrections or assistance, beyond the support
contract offered to you.
5. NO LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. In no event will the author be
liable to you for any additional damages, including any lost profits, lost
savings, or other incidental or consequential damages arising from the use
of, or inability to use, this software and its accompanying documentation,
even if the author has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
6. The authors of PCRaster make no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied,
including without limitation any warranties of merchantability and/or
fitness for a particular purpose. The authors do not assume any liability
for the use of PCRaster beyond the original purchase price of this software.
(Source: Universiteit van Utrecht and PCR Env.)
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