Introduction to visualising spatial data in R

Lovelace, Robin and Cheshire, James (2014) Introduction to visualising spatial data in R. NCRM Working Paper. EloGeo.

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This tutorial is an introduction to spatial data in R and map making with R's `base' graphics and the popular
graphics package ggplot2. It assumes no prior knowledge of spatial data analysis but prior understanding of the
R command line would be beneficial. For people new to R, we recommend working through an `Introduction to
R' type tutorial, such as "A (very) short introduction to R" (Torfs and Brauer, 2012) or the more geographically
inclined "Short introduction to R" (Harris, 2012).
Building on such background material, the following set of exercises is concerned with specific functions for spatial
data and visualisation. It is divided into five parts:
*Introduction, which provides a guide to R's syntax and preparing for the tutorial
*Spatial data in R, which describes basic spatial functions in R
*Manipulating spatial data, which includes changing projection, clipping and spatial joins
*Map making with ggplot2, a recent graphics package for producing beautiful maps quickly
*Taking spatial analysis in R further, a compilation of resources for furthering your skills
An up-to-date version of this tutorial is maintained at and
the entire tutorial, including the input data can be downloaded as a zip file, as described below. The entire tutorialwas written in RMarkdown, which allows R code to run as the document compiles. Thus all the examples are
entirely reproducible.
Suggested improvements welcome - please fork, improve and push this document to its original home to ensure its
longevity. The tutorial was developed for a series of Short Courses put on by the National Centre for Research Methods, via the TALISMAN node (see

Item Type: Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: R, Mapping, ggplot2
Subjects: 5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.9 Spatial Data Analysis
Depositing User: TALIS User
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2014 11:25
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:59

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