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Import NASA DEM in GRASS GIS

The NASADEM_HGT dataset is a 1 arcsecond void-filled dataset which combines data from the SRTM and ASTER GDEM data. It can be downloaded from EarthData in 1° by 1° tiles. But if you are using GRASS GIS, downloading is greatly fascilitated using the r.in.nasadem addon. The addon imports all NASADEM tiles covering the current region or region extents given with the region option into GRASS and patches the tiles together.

Creating a map with inset using tmap

Plotting maps with tmap Get the libraries Main map Inset map Create the final map All the code Plotting maps with tmap Figure 1: A map of the distances to the nearest Natura2000 areas in a region in the central Oder basin.

New GRASS GIS website

GRASS GIS is a fantastic software package, not only one of the oldest GIS packages still around, but also one that is continuously updating and improving thanks to a vibrant community.

Open source tools

Programs like R and GRASS GIS are incredible powerfull. But occasionally you'll need a functionality that is not available yet. Luckily, depending on the kind of functionality, it isn't terribly difficult to create your own scripts. In the past years I have created a few scripts that I hope are useful to others as well.