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Class "CRS" of coordinate reference system arguments

Interface class to the PROJ.4 projection system. The class is defined as an empty stub accepting value NA in the sp package. If the rgdal package is available, then the class will permit spatial data to be associated with coordinate reference systems. The arguments must be entered exactly as in the PROJ.4 documentation, in particular there cannot be any white space in +<arg>=<value> strings, and successive such strings can only be separated by blanks. Note that only “+proj=longlat +ellps=WGS84” is accepted for geographical coordinates, which must be ordered (eastings, northings); the “+ellps=” definition must be given (or expanded internally from a given “+datum=” value) for recent versions of the PROJ.4 library, and should be set to an appropriate value.

Keywords
classes, spatial
Usage
CRS(projargs, doCheckCRSArgs=TRUE)
identicalCRS(x,y)
Arguments
projargs

A character string of projection arguments; the arguments must be entered exactly as in the PROJ.4 documentation; if the projection is unknown, use as.character(NA), it may be missing or an empty string of zero length and will then set to the missing value.

doCheckCRSArgs

default TRUE, must be set to FALSE by package developers including CRS in an S4 class definition to avoid uncontrollable loading of the rgdal namespace

x

object having a proj4string method, or if y is missing, list with objects that have a proj4string method

y

object of class Spatial, or having a proj4string method

Value

CRS returns on success an object of class CRS. identicalCRS returns a logical, indicating whether x and y have identical CRS, or if y is missing whether all objects in list x have identical CRS.

Note

Lists of projections may be seen by using the programs installed with the PROJ.4 library, in particular proj and cs2cs; with the latter, -lp lists projections, -le ellipsoids, -lu units, and -ld datum(s) known to the installed software (available in rgdal using projInfo). These are added to in successive releases, so tracking the website or compiling and installing the most recent revisions will give the greatest choice. Finding the very important datum transformation parameters to be given with the +towgs84 tag is a further challenge, and is essential when the datums used in data to be used together differ. Tracing projection arguments is easier now than before the mass ownership of GPS receivers raised the issue of matching coordinates from different argument sets (GPS output and paper map, for example). See GridsDatums, make_EPSG and showEPSG for help in finding CRS definitions.

The 4.9.1 release of PROJ.4 omitted a small file of defaults, leading to reports of “major axis or radius = 0 or not given” errors. From 0.9-3, rgdal checks for the presence of this file (proj_def.dat), and if not found, and under similar conditions to those used by PROJ.4, adds “+ellps=WGS84” to the input string being checked by checkCRSArgs The “+no_defs” tag ignores the file of defaults, and the default work-around implemented to get around this problem; strings including “init” and “datum” tags also trigger the avoidance of the work-around. Now messages are issued when a candidate CRS is checked; they may be suppressed using suppressMessages.

Objects from the Class

Objects can be created by calls of the form CRS("projargs"), where "projargs" is a valid string of PROJ.4 arguments. The initiation function calls the PROJ.4 library to verify the argument set against those known in the library, returning error messages where necessary. The function CRSargs() can be used to show the expanded argument list used by the PROJ.4 library.

Slots

projargs:

Object of class "character": projection arguments; the arguments must be entered exactly as in the PROJ.4 documentation, in particular there cannot be any white space in +<arg>=<value> strings, and successive such strings can only be separated by blanks.

Methods

show

signature(object = "CRS"): print projection arguments in object

References

https://github.com/OSGeo/proj.4

Aliases
  • CRS-class
  • CRS
  • CRSargs
  • identicalCRS
  • print.CRS
  • show,CRS-method
Examples
# NOT RUN {
CRS()
CRS("")
CRS(as.character(NA))
CRS("+proj=longlat +datum=WGS84")
if (require(rgdal)) {
  print(CRSargs(CRS("+proj=longlat +datum=NAD27")))
  print(CRSargs(CRS("+init=epsg:4267")))
  print(CRSargs(CRS("+init=epsg:26978")))
  print(CRSargs(CRS(paste("+proj=sterea +lat_0=52.15616055555555",
 "+lon_0=5.38763888888889 +k=0.999908 +x_0=155000 +y_0=463000 +ellps=bessel",
 " +towgs84=565.237,50.0087,465.658,-0.406857,0.350733,-1.87035,4.0812 +units=m"))))
  print(CRSargs(CRS("+init=epsg:28992")))
}
# see http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/ticket/1987
# }
Documentation reproduced from package sp, version 1.3-1, License: GPL (>= 2)

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