• Once we’ve new spatial objects in R we often want to save them so they can be used later or shared with others
  • Let’s start where we left off when cropping data

harv_boundary <- read_sf("data/harv/harv_boundary.shp")
harv_dtm <- read_stars("data/harv/harv_dtmfull.tif")

harv_dtm_cropped <- st_crop(harv_dtm, harv_boundary)

bbox <- st_bbox(c(xmin = 731000, ymin = 4713000, xmax = 732000, ymax = 4714000), crs = st_crs(dtm_harv))
harv_dtm_small <- st_crop(harv_dtm, bbox)
harv_soils_small <- st_crop(harv_soils, bbox)

Writing stars raster data

  • To save data we use the write versions of the read functions
  • So to save the DTM that was cropped to Harvard Forest boundary we use write_stars
  • The first argument is the object we want to write and the second is the file name
  • The format of the raster will be determined by the file extension
  • To save as geotiff, which we’ve been working with, we’ll use `.tif
write_stars(harv_dtm_cropped, "harv_dtm_small.tif")
  • We can see that this worked by reading it back in
  • We can see this is the cropped data because it’s dimensions are < 150 x 150

Writing sf vector data

  • To save data sf vector data we use write_sf
  • Again the arguments are the object to be written and the name of the file to write to
  • With the extension indicating the file type
write_sf(harv_soils_small, "harv_soils_small.shp")
  • If we look in the Files tab we can see this created a full set of the files that make up a single shape file

Do Tasks 5 of Cropping NEON Data.