✔︎ Perceptually uniform
✔︎ Perceptually ordered
✔︎ Colour-vision-deficiency friendly
✔︎ Readable as black-and-white print
✔︎ Provided in all major formats
Colour maps need to be freely available; colour maps need to be readily available.
Most scientists use the default colour maps of their preferred software and or use what has been used previously due to their understandable lack of interest, lack of time, or both. To make scientific visualisation as straightforward as possible, it is key to provide easy and quick access to scientific colour maps.
The Scientific Colour Maps are therefore provided in all major formats ready to be used in all key software, including: MatLab, Python, R, GMT, QGIS, Ncview, Ferret, Plotly, Paraview, VisIt, Mathematica, Gnuplot, Surfer, d3, SKUA-GOCAD, Petrel, Fledermaus, Qimera, ImageJ, Fiji, GIMP, and Inkscape,
and are also made available as built-in options in spearheading software like GMT, or as convenient packages like scico for R.
All Scientific Colour Maps are openly and readily available in all key formats.