Features
SHTOOLS is extremely versatile:

All standard normalizations of the spherical harmonic functions are supported (4π normalized, Schmidt seminormalized, orthonormalized, and unnormalized).

Both real and complex spherical harmonics are supported.

Spherical harmonic transforms are calculated by exact quadrature rules using either the sampling theorem of Driscoll and Healy (1994) or GaussLegendre quadrature.

One can choose to use or exclude the CondonShortley phase factor of (1)^{m} with the associated Legendre functions.

Localized multitaper spectral analyses and expansions of functions in localized Slepian bases are easily performed.

Standard operations on global gravitational and magnetic field data are supported.

The Fortran routines are OpenMP compatible and OpenMP threadsafe.

The spherical harmonic transforms are accurate to approximately degree 2800.

The routines are fast. Spherical harmonic transforms and reconstructions take on the order of 1 second for bandwidths close to 800 and about 30 seconds for bandwidths close to 2600.
Installation
The Python components of SHTOOLS can be installed using the Python package manager pip
. Binaries are prebuilt for linux, macOS, and windows architectures, and you need only to execute the following command in a unix terminal:
pip install pyshtools
To install the Fortran 95 components for use in your Fortran programs, installation can be as simple as executing the following command in the SHTOOLS directory
make fortran
make fortranmp # (for OpenMP)
or by using the brew package manager (macOS)
brew tap shtools/shtools
brew install shtools
Using
SHTOOLS can be invoked in any Fortran 95 or Python program. The core software is written in Fortran 95, and Python wrappers allow simple access to the fortrancompiled routines. A variety of Python notebooks and example files are included that demonstrate the major features of the library. SHTOOLS is open source software (3clause BSD license).
Citation
Mark A. Wieczorek and Matthias Meschede (2018). SHTools — Tools for working with spherical harmonics, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1029/2018GC007529.
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