I have created a California state map with Basemap python library and this shapefile.
Code is below
from mpl_toolkits.basemap import Basemap import matplotlib.pyplot as plt fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(20,20)) map = Basemap(llcrnrlon=-124.48,llcrnrlat=32.53,urcrnrlon=-114.13,urcrnrlat=42.01, resolution='c', projection='lcc', lat_0 = 36.778259, lon_0 = -119.417) #westlimit=-124.48; southlimit=32.53; eastlimit=-114.13; northlimit=42.01 map.drawmapboundary(fill_color='aqua') map.fillcontinents(color='#f2f2f2',lake_color='#46bcec') map.drawcoastlines() map.readshapefile('./CA_Counties/CA_Counties_TIGER', 'CA_Counties_TIGER') plt.show()
Now what I want to do next is to plot equally spaced points only on the California map which would fill the entire california map (no ocean and nearby states). Example would be the grid shown below as all the points in the grid fills the grid(almost).
The way I think it can be done is by considering California as a polygon or multipolygon and generating equally spaced longitude and latitude inside it. I was looking at Generating random coordinates in multipolygon in Python? but it didn't really solve my problem as when i ran the following code to generate points
import fiona from shapely.geometry import shape import random from shapely.geometry import Point from shapely.geometry import Polygon def generate_random(number, polygon): list_of_points =  minx, miny, maxx, maxy = polygon.bounds counter = 0 while counter < number: pnt = Point(random.uniform(minx, maxx), random.uniform(miny, maxy)) if polygon.contains(pnt): list_of_points.append(pnt) counter += 1 return list_of_points all_points= for pol in fiona.open('./CA_Counties/CA_Counties_TIGER.shp'): #l.append(pol['geometry']) all_points.append(generate_random(50, Polygon(pol['geometry']['coordinates'])))
It gave me the following error
ValueError: A LinearRing must have at least 3 coordinate tuples
Also I am not even sure if the above code worked would it have been given me all the equally spaced points(lat and lon) which would fill the entire California map. Is there other way to do it or someone can help me with the above code. It must generate lat and lon tho. So i can plot them with
map.plot() function in basemap. Also would like to get all the points in a datastructure. For example a list of lists or array of arrays or any other if it works well (maybe a dictionary)