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A cartographic python library with Matplotlib support for visualisation

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Cartopy is a Python package designed to make drawing maps for data analysis and visualisation easy.

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Cartopy is a Python package designed to make drawing maps for data analysis and visualisation easy.

It features:

  • object oriented projection definitions
  • point, line, polygon and image transformations between projections
  • integration to expose advanced mapping in Matplotlib with a simple and intuitive interface
  • powerful vector data handling by integrating shapefile reading with Shapely capabilities

Documentation can be found at

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Credits, copyright and license

Cartopy is developed collaboratively under the SciTools umberella.

A full list of codecontributors ("Cartopy contributors") can be found at

Code is just one of many ways of positively contributing to Cartopy, please see our contributing guide for more details on how you can get involved.

Cartopy is released under a LGPL license with a shared copyright model. See COPYING and COPYING.LESSER for full terms.

The Met Office has made a significant contribution to the development, maintenance and support of this library. All Met Office contributions are copyright on behalf of the British Crown.

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