Types of Curvature

Curvature, the second derivative of elevation, is a very useful terrain derivative. It describes how convex or concave a surface is, which helps predict soil moisture (among other things). The basic terrain analysis feature in SAGA calculates plan curvature and profile curvature. Profile curvature goes with the direction of maximum slope, which helps estimate acceleration… Continue reading Types of Curvature

Getting Category Colors into QGIS from ColorBrewer

Are you as obsessed with ColorBrewer as I am? I am making a map where I color Ohio counties based on region, and used ColorBrewer to pick colors. The first thing I did was go to ColorBrewer and find a qualitative color set for 5 categories of data. Next I used the HEX codes provided… Continue reading Getting Category Colors into QGIS from ColorBrewer

Project Files in RStudio

R is an excellent, if occasionally frustrating, tool. I'm assuming if you are an R user reading this post, you've already started using RStudio to improve your user experience. If not, go get RStudio here-- it color-codes your scripts, displays your objects and functions in the working environment, and has an integrated file browser. And… Continue reading Project Files in RStudio