Golden Surfer


Visualize Data

You work hard gathering your data. Don’t settle for subpar visualization. Utilize Surfer’s extensive modeling tools to display your data the way it deserves while maintaining accuracy and precision. Clearly communicate information with Surfer.

Surfer appears to have been designed by people who really understand what scientists like myself want to do. This allows me to look at data and ask questions without being concerned with the technicalities of how to load, manipulate and map data.

Barry Gardiner, Senior Scientist

Analyze Data

Discover the depths of your data with Surfer’s numerous analysis tools. Adjust interpolation and gridding parameters, assess the spatial continuity of data with variograms, define faults and breaklines, or perform grid calculations such as volumes, transformations, smoothing, or filtering. Surfer quickly transforms your data into knowledge.

Communicate Results

Communicate your hard-earned findings with confidence. Whether it is for your project manager, thesis advisor, or client, Surfer facilitates a complete and thorough understanding of data.

Trusted Since 1983

Surfer has withstood the tests of time. See for yourself why thousands of scientists and engineers across the globe trust Surfer to display their data.

Surfer is actively used in the following industries:

















•Oil & Gas

•Renewable Energy



•Water Resources


Create Professional Maps

Easily communicate both simple and complex spatial data. Surfer gives you the tools to create high-quality maps to clearly deliver your message to coworkers, clients, and stakeholders.

Surfer Map Types


•Color Relief


•Classed Post


•Grid Values

•Shaded Relief

•1-Grid Vector

•2-Grid Vector



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 3D Maps

•3D Surface

•3D Wireframe

Enhance Maps & Models

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

•Many more…

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

•Georeference images

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

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.

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.

Surfer Gridding Methods

•Inverse Distance


•Minimum Curvature

•Polynomial Regression

•Triangulation with Linear Interpolation

•Nearest Neighbor

•Modified Shepard’s Method

•Radial Basis Function

•Natural Neighbor

•Moving Average

•Data Metrics

•Local Polynomial

Surfer Interpolation Features

•Variogram models


•Faults and breaklines

•Control over search neighborhood size, shape, and constraints

•Data filtering

•Automatic data statistics

•Create grid files directly from contour polylines

•Grid to convex hull

•Duplicate handling

•Cross validation

•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

Complete Compatibility

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.

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.

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