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wundr – an R package for micro-climate analysis

Making contributions to the broader analytics community is fun benefit of Big Lake Data’s on-going investment in professional development. As such, we’re honored to have worked with J.A. Marin and Stephan Zohren in the development of an R software package for micro-climate analysis.

If you are an R-user, we invite you to view the basic README below and explore the development version of this software yourself. Your feedback is welcomed!

wundr provides API interfaces to Personal Weather Station (PWS) data maintained by Weather Underground. Tables of PWS locations and metadata for user specified geographic areas are constructed. Robust retrieval of current and historical weather condition data for selected PWS. Computational tools for spatial analysis, including kriging (Gaussian processes) for interpolation, as well as prediction of missing data and forecasts. Visualization of micro-climate data methods including contextual static maps and interactive web maps.

forecast

This package was developed as a final project for Prof. Balasubramanian Narasimhan’s Paradigms for Computing with Data class at Stanford University.

Installation

Install the development version from github

# install.packages("devtools")
install_github("MatthewSchumwinger/wundr", build_vignettes = TRUE)

Overview

Key features of wundr include:

  1. Creation of S4-Class Table describing a given region’s PWS.
  2. Subsettable tables based on #1 above.
  3. Robust web retrieval of data and storage in memory.
  4. Visualization of micro-climate data through density maps and time-series.
  5. Computational tools for spatial analysis, including kriging (Gaussian processes) for interpolation, as well as prediction of missing data and forecasts.
  6. Web interface for interactive visuals using leaflet.js.

To see examples of these features in use, please view the ‘overview’ vignette.

vignette(package = "wundr")

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