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Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

By : Joel Lawhead
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Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

By: Joel Lawhead

Overview of this book

Geospatial Analysis is used in almost every field you can think of from medicine, to defense, to farming. This book will guide you gently into this exciting and complex field. It walks you through the building blocks of geospatial analysis and how to apply them to influence decision making using the latest Python software. Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python, 2nd Edition uses the expressive and powerful Python 3 programming language to guide you through geographic information systems, remote sensing, topography, and more, while providing a framework for you to approach geospatial analysis effectively, but on your own terms. We start by giving you a little background on the field, and a survey of the techniques and technology used. We then split the field into its component specialty areas: GIS, remote sensing, elevation data, advanced modeling, and real-time data. This book will teach you everything you need to know about, Geospatial Analysis from using a particular software package or API to using generic algorithms that can be applied. This book focuses on pure Python whenever possible to minimize compiling platform-dependent binaries, so that you don’t become bogged down in just getting ready to do analysis. This book will round out your technical library through handy recipes that will give you a good understanding of a field that supplements many a modern day human endeavors.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python Second Edition
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Sometimes, you may find that PIL is overkill for your purposes, or you are not allowed to install PIL because you do not have administrative rights to the machine that you're using to install Python modules created and compiled in C. In those cases, you can usually get away with the lightweight pure Python PNGCanvas module. You can install it using easy_install or pip.

Using this module, we can repeat the raster shapefile example we performed using PIL but in pure Python, as you can see here:

>>> import shapefile
>>> import pngcanvas
>>> r = shapefile.Reader("hancock.shp")
>>> xdist = r.bbox[2] - r.bbox[0]
>>> ydist = r.bbox[3] - r.bbox[1]
>>> iwidth = 400
>>> iheight = 600
>>> xratio = iwidth/xdist
>>> yratio = iheight/ydist
>>> pixels = []
>>> for x,y in r.shapes()[0].points:
...   px = int(iwidth - ((r.bbox[2] - x) * xratio))
...   py = int((r.bbox[3] - y) * yratio)
...   pixels...