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Mapping fisheries data and spatial analysis tools

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computer software

Abstract (summary)

This software has evolved from fisheries research conducted at the Pacific Biological Station (PBS) in `Nanaimo', British Columbia, Canada. It extends the R language to include two-dimensional plotting features similar to those commonly available in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Embedded C code speeds algorithms from computational geometry, such as finding polygons that contain specified point events or converting between longitude-latitude and Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates. Additionally, we include `C++' code developed by Angus Johnson for the `Clipper' library. Also included are data for a global shoreline and other data sets in the public domain. The R directory `.../library/PBSmapping/doc' offers a complete user's guide, which should be consulted to use package functions effectively.

Publication Information

Schnute, J., Boers, N., Haigh, R., Couture-Beil, A., Chabot, D., Grandin, C., Johnson, A., Wessel, P., Antonio, F., Lewin-Koh, N., Bivand, R. (2015). Mapping fisheries data and spatial analysis tools [PDF]. Retrieved from The R Project for Statistical Computing website:



Item Type

Software Documentation




General Public Licence (GNU GPL)