Multi-parameter symbols

The pygmt.Figure.plot method can plot individual multi-parameter symbols by passing the corresponding shortcuts (e, j, r, R, w) to the style parameter:

  • e: ellipse

  • j: rotated rectangle

  • r: rectangle

  • R: rounded rectangle

  • w: pie wedge

import pygmt

We can plot multi-parameter symbols using the same symbol style. We need to define locations (lon, lat) via the x and y parameters (scalar for a single symbol or 1-D list for several ones) and two or three symbol parameters after those shortcuts via the style parameter.

The multi-parameter symbols in the style parameter are defined as:

  • e: ellipse, direction/major_axis/minor_axis

  • j: rotated rectangle, direction/width/height

  • r: rectangle, width/height

  • R: rounded rectangle, width/height/radius

  • w: pie wedge, diameter/startdir/stopdir, the last two arguments are directions given in degrees counter-clockwise from horizontal

Upper-case versions E, J, and W are similar to e, j, and w but expect geographic azimuths and distances.

fig = pygmt.Figure()
fig.basemap(region=[0, 6, 0, 2], projection="x3c", frame=True)

# Ellipse
fig.plot(x=0.5, y=1, style="e45/3/1", fill="orange", pen="2p,black")
# Rotated rectangle
fig.plot(x=1.5, y=1, style="j120/5/0.5", fill="red3", pen="2p,black")
# Rectangle
fig.plot(x=3, y=1, style="r4/1.5", fill="dodgerblue", pen="2p,black")
# Rounded rectangle
fig.plot(x=4.5, y=1, style="R1.25/4/0.5", fill="seagreen", pen="2p,black")
# Pie wedge
fig.plot(x=5.5, y=1, style="w2.5/45/330", fill="lightgray", pen="2p,black")

fig.show()
multi parameter symbols

We can also plot symbols with varying parameters via defining those values in a 2-D list or numpy array ([[parameters]] for a single symbol or [[parameters_1],[parameters_2],[parameters_i]] for several ones) or using an appropriately formatted input file and passing it to data.

The symbol parameters in the 2-D list or numpy array are defined as:

  • e: ellipse, [[lon, lat, direction, major_axis, minor_axis]]

  • j: rotated rectangle, [[lon, lat, direction, width, height]]

  • r: rectangle, [[lon, lat, width, height]]

  • R: rounded rectangle, [[lon, lat, width, height, radius]]

  • w: pie wedge, [[lon, lat, diameter, startdir, stopdir]], the last two arguments are directions given in degrees counter-clockwise from horizontal

fig = pygmt.Figure()
fig.basemap(region=[0, 6, 0, 4], projection="x3c", frame=["xa1f0.2", "ya0.5f0.1"])

# Ellipse
data = [[0.5, 1, 45, 3, 1], [0.5, 3, 135, 2, 1]]
fig.plot(data=data, style="e", fill="orange", pen="2p,black")
# Rotated rectangle
data = [[1.5, 1, 120, 5, 0.5], [1.5, 3, 50, 3, 0.5]]
fig.plot(data=data, style="j", fill="red3", pen="2p,black")
# Rectangle
data = [[3, 1, 4, 1.5], [3, 3, 3, 1.5]]
fig.plot(data=data, style="r", fill="dodgerblue", pen="2p,black")
# Rounded rectangle
data = [[4.5, 1, 1.25, 4, 0.5], [4.5, 3, 1.25, 2.0, 0.2]]
fig.plot(data=data, style="R", fill="seagreen", pen="2p,black")
# Pie wedge
data = [[5.5, 1, 2.5, 45, 330], [5.5, 3, 1.5, 60, 300]]
fig.plot(data=data, style="w", fill="lightgray", pen="2p,black")

fig.show()
multi parameter symbols

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