read/write to/from (ESRI) asciigrid format

Description

read/write to/from ESRI asciigrid format; a fuzz factor has been added to writeAsciiGrid to force cell resolution to equality if the difference is less than the square root of machine precision

Usage

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readAsciiGrid(fname, as.image = FALSE, plot.image = FALSE, 
 colname = basename(fname), proj4string = CRS(as.character(NA)), 
 dec=options()$OutDec)
writeAsciiGrid(x, fname, attr = 1, na.value = -9999, dec=options()$OutDec, ...)

Arguments

fname

file name

as.image

logical; if TRUE, a list is returned, ready to be shown with the image command; if FALSE an object of class SpatialGridDataFrame-class is returned

plot.image

logical; if TRUE, an image of the map is plotted

colname

alternative name for data column if not file basename

proj4string

A CRS object setting the projection arguments of the Spatial Grid returned

dec

decimal point character. This should be a character string containing just one single-byte character — see note below.

x

object of class SpatialGridDataFrame

attr

attribute column; if missing, the first column is taken; a name or a column number may be given

na.value

numeric; value given to missing valued cells in the resulting map

...

arguments passed to write.table, which is used to write the numeric data

Value

readAsciiGrid returns the grid map read; either as an object of class SpatialGridDataFrame-class or, if as.image is TRUE, as list with components x, y and z.

Note

In ArcGIS 8, it was not in general necessary to set the dec argument; it is not necessary in a mixed environment with ArcView 3.2 (R writes and ArcView reads "."), but inter-operation with ArcGIS 9 requires care because the defaults used by ArcGIS seem to be misleading, and it may be necessary to override what appear to be platform defaults by setting the argument.

Author(s)

Edzer Pebesma, edzer.pebesma@uni-muenster.de

See Also

image, image

Examples

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x <- readAsciiGrid(system.file("grids/test.ag", package="maptools")[1])
summary(x)
image(x)
xp <- as(x, "SpatialPixelsDataFrame")
abline(h=332000, lwd=3)
xpS <- xp[coordinates(xp)[,2] < 332000,]
summary(xpS)
xS <- as(xpS, "SpatialGridDataFrame")
summary(xS)
tmpfl <- paste(tempdir(), "testS.ag", sep="/")
writeAsciiGrid(xS, tmpfl)
axS <- readAsciiGrid(tmpfl)
opar <- par(mfrow=c(1,2))
image(xS, main="before export")
image(axS, main="after import")
par(opar)
unlink(tmpfl)

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