Bindings for the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library

Provides bindings to Frank Warmerdam's Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) (>= 1.6.3) and access to projection/transformation operations from the PROJ.4 library. The GDAL and PROJ.4 libraries are external to the package, and, when installing the package from source, must be correctly installed first. Both GDAL raster and OGR vector map data can be imported into R, and GDAL raster data and OGR vector data exported. Use is made of classes defined in the sp package. Windows and Mac Intel OS X binaries (including GDAL, PROJ.4 and Expat) are provided on CRAN.


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1.2-8 by Roger Bivand, a month ago,

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Authors: Roger Bivand [cre, aut], Tim Keitt [aut], Barry Rowlingson [aut, ctb], Edzer Pebesma [ctb], Michael Sumner [ctb], Robert Hijmans [ctb], Even Rouault [ctb]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

Task views: Analysis of Spatial Data

GPL (>= 2) license

Imports grDevices, graphics, stats, utils

Depends on methods, sp

Linking to sp

System requirements: for building from source: GDAL >= 1.6.3, library from and PROJ.4 (proj >= 4.4.9) from; GDAL OSX frameworks built by William Kyngesburye at may be used for source installs on OSX.

Imported by APfun, ASIP, AmostraBrasil, BIEN, ConR, EcoGenetics, FLightR, FedData, ForestTools, GSIF, GSODR, LabourMarketAreas, MODIS, MODIStsp, MazamaSpatialUtils, OasisR, OpasnetUtils, OpenStreetMap, PopGenReport, RQGIS, RSurvey, SDMPlay, SSN, SeerMapper, SiMRiv, SpatialEpiApp, SpatialPosition, ambhasGW, aoristic, birdring, bossMaps, briskaR, camtrapR, capm, cdlTools, ctmm, dtwSat, dynatopmodel, eechidna, elevatr, fetchR, gdalUtils, geoSpectral, geojsonio, geotopbricks, gfcanalysis, ggspatial, gridsample, hyfo, iSDM, icosa, inlmisc, intamap, jpmesh, kokudosuuchi, lakemorpho, landsat8, letsR, link2GI, meteo, meteoland, opentraj, paleofire, patternize, pgirmess, plotGoogleMaps, plotKML, postGIStools, quickmapr, rAvis, rCAT, rWBclimate, rangeMapper, rcanvec, rdefra, red, redlistr, riverdist, rmapshaper, rosm, rsMove, rtop, secrlinear, sensors4plumes, smapr, spatialEco, sperich, stampr, stplanr, tigris, tmap, tmaptools, tripEstimation, tweet2r, vdmR, velox, wallace, windfarmGA, wrspathrow, wux, zonator, zoon.

Depended on by DMMF, DeducerSpatial, GADMTools, M3, ModelMap, RSIP, SPODT, ShapePattern, ShapeSelectForest, TOC, UScancer, cffdrs, dggridR, diffeR, divagis, hddtools, hsdar, landsat, mgraph, micromap, modiscloud, move, prevR, r2dRue, rangeBuilder, raptr, sdmpredictors,, velociraptr, water, waver.

Suggested by BiodiversityR, DiversityOccupancy, Grid2Polygons, HSAR, IsoriX, RGraphics, RStoolbox, SpaDES, USGSstates2k, UScensus2010, autopls, bayesTFR, btb, cartogram, crawl, dismo, ecospat, envirem, geoknife, geostatsp, ggsn, graticule, gstat, gwfa, hydroTSM, ibeemd, intamapInteractive, ipdw, leaflet, leafletR, lgcp, lidR, mapmisc, meteoForecast, mptools, mregions, oce, parlitools, prettymapr, psgp, rangemodelR, raster, rbgm, repijson, rgeos, rgrass7, rnaturalearth, rnoaa, rollply, rpostgis, rsatscan, rworldmap, satellite, sbtools, sdm, secr, seg, sf, sharpshootR, soil.spec, soilDB, sos4R, sp, spacetime, spatsurv, spcosa, spgrass6, synthACS, trajectories, trip, usdm.

Enhanced by Rgnuplot, macleish.

See at CRAN