Calculating grid gradient and radiance

The pygmt.grdgradient function calculates the gradient of a grid file. In the example shown below we will see how to calculate a hillshade map based on a Data Elevation Model (DEM). As input pygmt.grdgradient gets a xarray.DataArray object or a path string to a grid file, calculates the respective gradient and returns it as an xarray.DataArray object. We will use the radiance parameter in order to set the illumination source direction and altitude.

import pygmt

# Define region of interest around Yosemite valley
region = [-119.825, -119.4, 37.6, 37.825]

# Load sample grid (3 arc-seconds global relief) in target area
grid = pygmt.datasets.load_earth_relief(resolution="03s", region=region)

# calculate the reflection of a light source projecting from west to east
# (azimuth of 270 degrees) and at a latitude of 30 degrees from the horizon
dgrid = pygmt.grdgradient(grid=grid, radiance=[270, 30])

fig = pygmt.Figure()
# define figure configuration
pygmt.config(FORMAT_GEO_MAP="ddd.x", MAP_FRAME_TYPE="plain")

# --------------- plotting the original Data Elevation Model -----------

pygmt.makecpt(cmap="gray", series=[200, 4000, 10])
    frame=["WSrt+tOriginal Data Elevation Model", "xa0.1", "ya0.1"],

fig.colorbar(position="JML+o1.4c/0c+w7c/0.5c", frame=["xa1000f500+lElevation", "y+lm"])

# --------------- plotting the hillshade map -----------

# Shift plot origin of the second map by 12.5 cm in x direction

pygmt.makecpt(cmap="gray", series=[-1.5, 0.3, 0.01])
    frame=["lSEt+tHillshade Map", "xa0.1", "ya0.1"],

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 1.632 seconds)

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