[R-sig-Geo] Wrap around distribution

Chris Clements chrisclementsresearch at gmail.com
Tue Sep 16 10:32:08 CEST 2014

Dear all,

I am currently plotting very simple marine species distributions based on presence data using gConvexhull. The species I am working on is large and cosmopolitan, so I would like to be able to plot a distribution that “wraps” around the world, but in a 2d. So it the below example, the polygon would extend east and west to the edge of the world map:


sightings <- gConvexHull(readWKT("GEOMETRYCOLLECTION(POINT(-120  -45), POINT(20  0), POINT(0  30), POINT(150 -50), POINT(-160  20), POINT(60 -10), POINT(145  -5))"))

plot(sightings, col="lightblue", lty=0, xlim=c(-180, 180))

plot(wrld_simpl, add=T, col="black")

Any help much appreciated.


Dr Christopher Clements

The University of Zürich,

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