Existing R Packages for use in climate analysis
The CRAN web site has a wide range of contributed packages for statistical analysis. Below is a list of CRAN contributed packages useful for climate analysis. These are the installation instructions for the Unix platform and the Windows system.
R packages for reading and writing NetCDF files
- RNetCDF: R interface to NetCDF datasets. Author: Pavel Michna. Important note: The NetCDF and the udunits libraries must be already installed on your unix system so that you can install this package.
- ncvar: High level R interface to NetCDF datasets. Author: Juerg Schmidli.
R packages for plotting maps
- maps: Draw Geographical Maps. Author: Ray Brownrigg and Thomas P Minka
- mapdata: Extra Map Databases. Author: Ray Brownrigg.
- mapproj: Map Projections. Authors: Ray Brownrigg and Thomas P Minka.
The web page of Peter Dunn from the University of South Queensland has useful information on how to obtain coast line datasets for plotting maps.
R packages for downscaling, forecast
verification and probabilitic forecasting
- clim.pact: Package for climate analysis and downscaling of monthly mean and daily mean global climate scenarios. Author: Rasmus E. Benestad.
- verification: Forecast verification utilities. Author: NCAR- Research Application Program.
- ensembleBMA: Probabilistic forecasting using Bayesian Model Averaging. Authors: Adrian E. Raftery, J. McLean Sloughter, Michael Polakowski.
- ProbForecastGOP: Probabilistic Weather Field Forecast using the GOP method. Authors: Yulia Gel, Adrian E. Raftery, Tilmann Gneiting, Veronica J. Berrocal.
R package for extreme value analysis
- evd: Functions for extreme value distributions. Author: Alec Stephenson. Function fbvpot by Chris Ferro.
- evir: Extreme values in R. Authors: Alexander McNeil (S EVIS original code), Alec Stephenson (R code).
- evdbayes: Bayesian analysis in extreme value theory. Author: Alec Stephenson.
- extRemes: Extreme value toolkit. Authors: Eric Gilleland, Rick Katz and Greg Young.
- ismev: An introduction to statistical modeling of extreme values. Authors: Stuart Coles (S original code) and Alec Stephenson (R code).
Other R software