During the course, four software packages will be used to run the exercises: R, Google Earth, SAGA GIS, GDAL, QGIS and GRASS GIS. Install and costumize software used by the lecturers before the start of the course (testing them out is also a good idea). More detailed installation instructions you can find here.
In summary (please respect the installation order):
R and packages
1. Download and install the most recent version of R (3.2.0);
2. Start R GUI and install necessary packages:
> install.packages("ctv") > library(ctv) > ## on OSX, for rgdal and rgeos if necessary use > ## setRepositories(ind=1:2) > install.views("Spatial") > install.packages("rgeos") > install.packages("raster")
R code editors
Install QGIS 2.8 or greater. Simply download the installer and select default installation settings.
Download and unzip SAGA GIS v2.2. (best under "R/library/RSAGA/saga_vc"); compiled binaries - no installation is needed! Check first whether you can use the 64bit version or the 32bit of the SAGA GIS.
> gdal.path = shortPathName("C:/Program files/GDAL") > gdalwarp = paste(gdal.path, "gdalwarp.exe", sep="/")
To send an operation to GDAL we can then run:
The package gdalUtils allows you to send operations from R to GDAL, so that the integration goes even smoother e.g.:
> library(gdalUtils) > gdal_setInstallation(search_path=gdal.path, rescan=TRUE)
(Optional) Download and install GRASS GIS v7:
- Download binaries: winGRASS 7 snapshot full installer or LinuxGRASS 7 snapshot (64bit) installer or MacOSX-GRASS 7 installer
- If you prefer to compile the source code yourself on your computer, download source code: GRASS 7 svn from SVN + Compile and Install instructions