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CraterTools is an ArcGIS add-in for map-projection-independent crater size-frequency measurements. The software requires an ArcGIS 10.1 installation on Windows 7 or higher. The zip-file contains the CraterTools add-in as well as a software manual in pdf format.

For additional information and support, please contact Dr. Thomas Kneissl or Alicia Neesemann.

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Description of the software:

Kneissl T., van Gasselt S., Neukum G., Map-projection-independent crater size-frequency determination in GIS environments — New software tool for ArcGIS, Planetary and Space Science, 59, 1243-1254, DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2010.03.015, 2011.

The Buffered Crater Counting (BCC) technique available in the software is described in:

Kneissl, T., Michael, G. G., Platz, T., Walter, S. H. G., Age determination of linear surface features using the Buffered Crater Counting approach – Case studies of the Sirenum and Fortuna Fossae graben systems on Mars. Icarus, 250, 384-394, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.12.008, 2015.

The correction of topography-related distortions is covered in:

Kneissl, T., Schmedemann, N., Neesemann, A., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T., Crater Counting on Small Bodies - The Influence of Topography-Related Distortions. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abs., Vol. 45, #2398, 2014.