landscapemetrics is an R package for calculating landscape metrics for categorical landscape patterns in a tidy workflow. The package can be used as a drop-in replacement for FRAGSTATS (McGarigal et al. 2012), as it offers a reproducible workflow for landscape analysis in a single environment. It also allows for calculations of four theoretical metrics of landscape complexity: a marginal entropy, a conditional entropy, a joint entropy, and a mutual information (Nowosad and Stepinski 2019).
raster spatial objects and takes
RasterBricks or lists of
RasterLayer as input arguments. Every function can be used in a piped workflow, as it always takes the data as the first argument and returns a tibble.
landscapemetrics or acknowledge its use, please cite the following Software note, substituting the version of the application that you used for ‘version 0’: Hesselbarth, M.H.K., Sciaini, M., With, K.A., Wiegand, K., Nowosad, J. 2019. landscapemetrics: an open-source R tool to calculate landscape metrics. - Ecography 42:1648-1657 (ver. 0).
There are several ways to install landscapemetrics:
The resolution of a raster cell has to be in meters, as the package converts units internally and returns results in either meters, square meters or hectares. Before using landscapemetrics, be sure to check your raster (see
All functions in landscapemetrics start with
lsm_ (for landscapemetrics). The second part of the name specifies the level (patch -
p, class -
c or landscape -
l). The last part of the function name is the abbreviation of the corresponding metric (e.g.
ennfor the euclidean nearest-neighbor distance):
# general structure lsm_"level"_"metric" # Patch level ## lsm_p_"metric" lsm_p_enn() # Class level ## lsm_c_"metric" lsm_c_enn() # Landscape level ## lsm_p_"metric" lsm_l_enn()
All functions return an identical structured tibble:
Every function follows the same implementation design, so the usage is quite straightforward:
# calculate for example the Euclidean nearest-neighbor distance on patch level lsm_p_enn(landscape) #> # A tibble: 27 x 6 #> layer level class id metric value #> <int> <chr> <int> <int> <chr> <dbl> #> 1 1 patch 1 1 enn 7 #> 2 1 patch 1 2 enn 2.83 #> 3 1 patch 1 3 enn 4 #> 4 1 patch 1 4 enn 2.83 #> 5 1 patch 1 5 enn 4.24 #> 6 1 patch 1 6 enn 4.12 #> 7 1 patch 1 7 enn 2 #> 8 1 patch 1 8 enn 2 #> 9 1 patch 1 9 enn 4.12 #> 10 1 patch 2 10 enn 4.47 #> # … with 17 more rows # calculate the total area and total class edge length lsm_l_ta(landscape) #> # A tibble: 1 x 6 #> layer level class id metric value #> <int> <chr> <int> <int> <chr> <dbl> #> 1 1 landscape NA NA ta 0.09 lsm_c_te(landscape) #> # A tibble: 3 x 6 #> layer level class id metric value #> <int> <chr> <int> <int> <chr> <dbl> #> 1 1 class 1 NA te 180 #> 2 1 class 2 NA te 227 #> 3 1 class 3 NA te 321
There is also a wrapper around every metric in the package to quickly calculate a bunch of metrics:
# calculate all metrics on patch level calculate_lsm(landscape, level = "patch") #> Warning: Please use check_landscape() to ensure the input data is valid. #> # A tibble: 324 x 6 #> layer level class id metric value #> <int> <chr> <int> <int> <chr> <dbl> #> 1 1 patch 1 1 area 0.0001 #> 2 1 patch 1 2 area 0.0148 #> 3 1 patch 1 3 area 0.0005 #> 4 1 patch 1 4 area 0.0014 #> 5 1 patch 1 5 area 0.0001 #> 6 1 patch 1 6 area 0.0005 #> 7 1 patch 1 7 area 0.0001 #> 8 1 patch 1 8 area 0.0001 #> 9 1 patch 1 9 area 0.0003 #> 10 1 patch 2 10 area 0.0035 #> # … with 314 more rows
landscapemetrics further provides several visualization functions, e.g. show all labeled patches or the core area of all patches. All visualization functions start with the prefix
Important building blocks of the package are exported to help facilitate analysis or the development of new metrics. They all start with the prefix
get_. All of them are implemented with Rcpp and have either memory or performance advantages compared to raster functions.
For more details, see the utility function vignette.
One of the major motivations behind landscapemetrics is the idea to provide an open-source code collection of landscape metrics. This includes, besides bug reports, especially the idea to include new metrics and functions. Therefore, in case you want to suggest new metrics or functions and in the best case even contribute code, we warmly welcome to do so! For more information see CONTRIBUTING.
Maintainers and contributors must follow this repository’s CODE OF CONDUCT.