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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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Creating a shaded relief

Shaded relief maps color elevation in such a way that it looks as if the terrain is cast in a low angle light, which creates bright spots and shadows. This aesthetic styling creates an almost photographic illusion, which is easy to grasp to understand the variation in the terrain. It is important to note that this style is truly an illusion as the light is often physically inaccurate in terms of the solar angle, and the elevation is usually exaggerated to increase contrast.

In this example, we'll use the ASCII DEM referenced previously to create another grid, which represents a shaded relief version of the terrain in NumPy. This terrain is quite dynamic so we won't need to exaggerate the elevation; however, the script has a variable called z, which can be increased from 1.0 to scale the elevation up.

After we define all the variables including the input and output filenames, you'll see the header parser based on the linecache module, which also uses a Python list comprehension...