Spatial Overlays with R – Retrieving Polygon Attributes for a Set of Points

June 19, 2013

(This article was first published on theBioBucket*, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

A short tutorial for spatial overlays using R-GIS..


# spatial data
alt <- getData('alt', country = "AT")
gadm <- getData('GADM', country = "AT", level = 2)

# view
plot(gadm, add=T)

# some addresses
pts <- geocode(c("Aldrans, Grubenweg", "Wien, Stephansdom", "Salzburg, Mozartplatz"))

# make it spatial
coords <- SpatialPoints(pts[, c("longitude", "latitude")])
spdf_pts <- SpatialPointsDataFrame(coords, pts)

# assign CRS/projection
proj4string(spdf_pts) <- CRS(" +proj=longlat +datum=WGS84 +ellps=WGS84 +towgs84=0,0,0")

# check data

# plot it on top
plot(spdf_pts, cex = 2, col = 2, add = T)

# do an intersection (points in polygon)
# yielding the polygon's attribute data
over(spdf_pts, gadm)

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