R is so appropriate as a scientific tool because the base software can easily be extended by means of user-made packages.

To allow using R for our work, a lot of new packages were developed by us. Our packages fall in several categories:

  • Visualisation of (oceanographic) data or making diagrams.
  • Scientific computing, including solving differential equations, linear and nonlinear equations.
  • Model-data comparison, containing state-of-the-art statistical tools to fit a model against observational data.
  • Calculating physical and chemical quantities that are used in marine sciences.

Karline Soetaert implemented most of the codes, with contributions from Dick van Oevelen, Filip Meysman, Karel Van den Meersche, Andreas Hofmann and Tom van Engeland from our department.