The mapmultigrid plugin allows to plot several grids side by side on one map as map layers. The plugin is provided by the map package. The grids can be generated automatically, e.g. by the gempa module npeval [7]. As soon as the grid file is updated the map will be refreshed by the mapmultigrid plugin and the new grid values are shown. Supported file formats are:

  • Surfer 6 (binary grids)

  • GeoTIFF (experimental)


This plugin only works as of SeisComP in version SeisComP3, Jakarta-2017.124. Please check your installed version of SeisComP, e.g. using scm -V.

Show grids and legends

Showing grids and corresponding legends on a map is controlled by configuration and by interaction.

  • To interactively activate or deactivate the configured layer on a map right click on a map and select the layer in the menu section Layers -> multigrid. Here, the layer name is set by configuration, e.g., “multigrid”.

  • To interactively show the legend for the visible layer on a map right click on a map and select Show Legend(s).

Showing the layers and legends on maps by default may be activated or deactivated in the global configuration or in the configuration of the particular GUI module.

Plotting modes

Different plotting modes are available in the new simplified configuration. They are defined by the parameter map.multigrid.mode and include:

  • grid: Plot the grid files without further processing with configurable .,

  • line: Plot contour lines with configurable line patterns,

  • poly: Plot filled polygons derived from the grid files based on configured stop levels. Major and minor contour lines may be defined with configurable line patterns as overlays.

  1. Grid shown on a map in grid mode:

  2. Grid shown on a map as major and minor contour lines using the line mode:

  3. Grid shown on a map as transparent filled polygons using the poly mode:



The parameters controlling the mapmultigrid plugin are configured in the global configuration for all modules (global.cfg) or in the global section of the specific GUI module, e.g. scmv [10] (scmv.cfg). The plugin supports multiple custom map layers with profiles applied to different grids with different parameters.

  1. Load the plugin and provide a custom map layer:

    plugins = ${plugins},mapmultigrid
  2. Provide a custom map layer:

    map.customLayers = multigrid
  3. For each custom layer set the plot mode globally or separately for each grid layer. Globally:

    map.multigrid.mode = poly

    or for the profile times:

    map.multigrid.profiles.times.mode = poly
  4. The grid parameters are configured separately for each grid in a profile. The configuration of pen and fill colors as well as other attributes may depend on the SeisComP release. Given below are a conventional and a new simplified configuration. The simplified configuration with additional options is available after the SeisComP3 release jakarta-2017.334.

    In both cases, the grids parameters are defined by profiles in the global module configuration. The grid profiles must be registered (map.multigrid.profiles) and defined (map.multigrid.profiles.*). The grid definition contains the parameters controlling grid file, the appearance and the visibility of the grids and the legends. Legends can be shown interactively within the GUIs or by configuring the map properties in the scheme section of the global configuration.

    Profiles parameters:

    • watch: Grid file to load. File updates will be considered automatically.

    • visible: Make the layer visible during startup. If disabled, the grid is initially invisible but can be activated interactively as a map layer. Right-click on any map and activate a mapmultigrid layer.

    • Grid visualization:

      • discrete: Activate discrete color intervals. Otherwise the intervals are continuous.

      • composition: Set the composition mode which determines how multiple grids are visualized on top of each other. Possible values are explained in the GUI documentation [1]. The are different from the name scheme defined in QT painter documentation [3]. For an easy mapping, synonyms can be used, e.g. “src-over” and “plus” are identical to “SourceOver” and “Plus”, respectively. Examples:

        composition = "SourceOver"
        composition = "src-over"
        composition = "Plus"
        composition = "plus"

        Default is “src-over” or “SourceOver”. Read QT painter documentation [3] for a complete description of the composition modes.

      • stops: stop or levels at which the line and fill properties are defined. E.g.

        stops = 2.00:e483fc50:"minor",2.50:d79cfd50:"major"

        In the example, “minor” and “major” are optional style profiles for plotting contours.

    • Contour lines:

      • renderBackToFront: order in which the polygons are rendered.

      • style: name of the style profiles as given in stops, e.g. major, minor. The styles determine further pen and brush properties for lines and areas of polygons. They are configured by defining style profiles which are registered by the style parameter. Styles parameters:

      • Brush (fill) properties, read the GUI documentation [1] for more details:

        • brush.color: fill color in hexadecimal value

        • brush.pattern: brush pattern

      • Pen (line) properties, read the GUI documentation [1] for more details:

        • pen.color: line color in hexadecimal value

        • line style

        • pen.width: line width.

    • Legend properties, read the GUI documentation [1] for more details:

      • title: title of the grid as shown in the map legend

      • legendArea: position of the lengend on the map. Supported positions are bottomright, bottomleft, topright, topleft. Example:

        legendArea = bottomright

Colors, transparency, etc.

Colors are given in rgb or hexadecimal representation. As of SeisComP in version 4.4.0, colors can also be set more human readable color keyword names. Hexadecimal or rgb color tables can be found online. Transparency is defined by adding the alpha value to the color. The alpha value is given by a 2 digit number added to the color. Other pen styles are given in the GUI documentation [1].

Red fill with no transparency bound by a minor contour line at the level of 2.0:

stops = 2.0:ff0000:"minor"

Red fill with 50% transparency bound by a major contour line at the level of 2.0:

stops = 2.0:ff000050:"major"

For the configuration of major and minor contours use brush, pen and gradient properties.

Example configurations

New simplified configuration

In the configuration file the profiles are grouped by curly brackets “{}”. Different plot modes are available. For contour lines, different pen properties of minor and major lines can be defined. The fill properties are defined by stops where the minor and major levels are defined.

Configuration example valid for SeisComP released after the SeisComP3 release jakarta-2017.334:

map.multigrid.profiles = magnitude,times
map.multigrid.mode = poly

map.multigrid.styles {

  major.pen.color = FF0000 = dashline
  major.pen.width = 1

  minor.pen.color = 0000FF = dashline

map.multigrid.profiles.times {

  watch = /tmp/npeval/npeval_times.grd
  stops = 30.00:ff00fa:"major",60.00:f25ffb:"minor",90.00:e483fc:"minor",120.00:d79cfd:"major",150.00:c9aefe:"minor"
  visible = true
  renderBackToFront = true
  composition = "SourceOver"
  title = "Minimum location time in s"
  legendArea = topright

map.multigrid.profiles.magnitude {

  watch = /tmp/npeval/npeval_minmag.grd
  title = "Minimum magnitude"
  stops = 2.00:e483fc50:"minor",2.50:d79cfd50:"major",3.00:c9aefe50:"minor",3.50:9fd7ff50:"minor",4.00:93dfff50:"major"
  visible = true
  renderBackToFront = true
  composition = "SourceOver"
  legendArea = topright

Conventional configuration

In the conventional configuration until the SeisComP3 version Jakarta-2017.334, the fill colors are defined by the gradient (map.multigrid.profiles.$name.gradient). Properties of contour lines are given by the stops properties (map.multigrid.profiles.$name.stops).

# grid profiles to consider
map.multigrid.profiles = times, minmag

map.multigrid.mode = poly

# first grid profile
# grid file = /tmp/npeval/npeval_times.grd

# pen and fill attributes
map.multigrid.profiles.times.gradient = 30.00:ff00fa,60.00:f25ffb,90.00:e483fc

# line attributes
map.multigrid.profiles.times.stops = 30,60,90,120,150,180,210 = dotline
map.multigrid.profiles.times.stops.pen.color = ff0000
map.multigrid.profiles.times.stops.30.brush.color = ff00faff
map.multigrid.profiles.times.stops.60.brush.color = f25ffbff
map.multigrid.profiles.times.stops.90.brush.color = e483fcff

# visibility on startup
map.multigrid.profiles.times.visible = false
map.multigrid.profiles.times.renderBackToFront = true
map.multigrid.profiles.times.composition = "SourceOver"

# legend title
map.multigrid.profiles.times.title = "Minimum location time in s"

# legend position
map.multigrid.profiles.times.legendArea = topright

# second grid profile
# grid file = /tmp/npeval/npeval_minmag.grd

# legend title
map.multigrid.profiles.minmag.title = "Minimum Magnitude"

# legend position
map.multigrid.profiles.minmag.legendArea = topright

# pen and fill attibutes
map.multigrid.profiles.minmag.gradient = 2.00:ff00fa,3.00:f25ffb,4.00:e483fc

# visibility on startup
map.multigrid.profiles.minmag.visible = true
map.multigrid.profiles.minmag.renderBackToFront = true
map.multigrid.profiles.minmag.composition = "SourceOver"