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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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Coordinate conversion

When you start working with multiple datasets you'll inevitably end up with data in different coordinate systems and projections. You can convert back and forth between Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) and latitude/longitude using a pure Python module called utm. You can install it using easy_install or pip from PyPI available at the following link:

The utm module is straightforward to use. To convert from UTM to latitude and longitude, use the following commands:

>>> import utm
>>> y = 479747.0453210057
>>> x = 5377685.825323031
>>> zone = 32
>>> band = 'U'
>>> print(utm.to_latlon(y, x, zone, band))
>>> (48.55199390882121, 8.725555729071763)

The UTM zones are numbered horizontally. However, vertically, the bands of latitude are ordered by English alphabets with a few exceptions. The letters A, B, Y, and Z cover the poles. The letters I and O are omitted because they look...