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Python Data Visualization Cookbook - Second Edition by Giuseppe Vettigli, Dimitry Foures, Igor Milovanović

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Plotting data on a map using Basemap

Probably the best geospatial visualizations are done by overlaying the data over the map. Whether the whole globe, a continent, a state, or even the sky, it is one of the easiest ways for a viewer to comprehend the relationship between the data and the geography it has displayed.

In this recipe, you will learn how to project data on a map using matplotlib's Basemap toolkit.

Getting ready

As we are already familiar with matplotlib as our plotting engine, we can extend that to matplotlib's capability to use other toolkits, one such example being the Basemap mapping toolkit.

Basemap itself doesn't do any plotting. It just transforms given geospatial coordinates to map projection and gives that data to matplotlib ...

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