Use Case 3 - Processing a raster dataset

Julien Brun, Mitchell Maier, Derek Strong and Irene Steves, NCEAS



This vignette aims to showcase how to overwrite the default function used by metajam::read_d1_files (spoiler alert it is readr::read_csv) to read none tabular dara. In this specific vignette, we use the example of reading a geotiff file using the raster package.

As example, we are using shipping routes frequency data used in the final human impacts model of 17 marine ecosystems and the 22 stressor drivers DOI: 10.5063/F15M63Z8.. For more information on this research, please see Micheli F, Halpern BS, Walbridge S, Ciriaco S, Ferretti F, Fraschetti S, et al. (2013) Cumulative Human Impacts on Mediterranean and Black Sea Marine Ecosystems: Assessing Current Pressures and Opportunities. PLoS ONE 8(12).

Libraries and constants

# devtools::install_github("NCEAS/metajam")
# Directory to save the data set
path_folder <- "Human_impacts"

# URL to download the dataset from DataONE
data_url <- ""

Download the raster dataset

# Create the local directory to download the datasets
dir.create(path_folder, showWarnings = FALSE)

# Download the dataset and associated metdata 
data_folder <- metajam::download_d1_data(data_url, path_folder)
# data_folder
# "Human_impacts/doi_10.5063_F15M63Z8__shipping__tif"

At this point, you should have the data and the metadata downloaded inside your main directory; human_impacts in this example. metajam organize the files as follow:

Read the raster file and metadata in your R environment

# Read the raster file and its associated metadata in as a named list
# using the raster:raster function
shipping_routes <-  read_d1_files(data_folder, "raster")

# Plot the raster data
Shipping routes frequency

Shipping routes frequency

Investigate the metadata