Monthly Archives: May 2014

Colormap tests


The current version of Dan Kelley’s oce package now has a branch testing some new functions for creating “colormaps” — the design here being that there is a way to map levels (say topographic height, or velocity, etc) to a specific set of colors. Development work on this has been ongoing in the colorize branch of the oce repo on Github. See Dan’s blog post at: for more information.

Many of the standard plotting commands that oce uses already mostly take advantage of the idea of a colormap (such as imagep() and drawPalette()), but recent use cases showed that there was much room for improvements. In particular, the connection between choosing a color scheme for a range of values, was previously up to the user to make sure they matched. This was most commonly done with the rescale() function, but it was found that it is not an ideal solution when the number of color levels is small.


Create a colormap for use in an imagep() plot of the adp dataset:

library(oce)  # I have built this from the `colorize` branch commit 365d7700f5be33e5
t <- adp[["time"]]
z <- adp[["distance"]]
p <- adp[["pressure"]]
u <- adp[["v"]][, , 1]
par(mar = c(3, 3, 1, 1))
pcol <- Colormap(p)
plot(t, p, bg = pcol$zcol, pch = 21)

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<br />## now for an imagep
ucol <- Colormap(u, col = oceColors9B)
imagep(t, z, u, colormap = ucol, filledContour = TRUE)

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