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NAME - importing of GBIF species distribution data


vector, geometry

SYNOPSIS --help [-cr] input=name output=name [dir=name] [--overwrite] [--help] [--verbose] [--quiet] [--ui]


Create GDAL VRT data set of GBIF data
Reproject data on-the-fly if no latlon (WGS84) location
Allow output files to overwrite existing files
Print usage summary
Verbose module output
Quiet module output
Force launching GUI dialog


input=name [required]
Name of input file
output=name [required]
name of imported GBIF data set
Directory where the output will be found

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DESCRIPTION imports GBIF species distribution data. GBIF data is by definition in WGS84 geographic coordinates.

The species distribution data downloaded from GBIF hast to be unzipped before importing the csv file. saves the data to an intermediate GDAL VRT - Virtual Datasource which will be imported by The VRT data set can be copied to a user defined directory by -c flag and used in any GDAL aware software. As some column names in the original data set are similar to SQL reserverd key words, the columns will renamed with the prefix g_.

By the -r flag an on-the-fly reprojection of the data can be invoked using v.import, if the location is not in WGS84. Quality of on-the-fly reprojection is not garanteed. The traditional reprojection procedure in GRASS GIS can also be used instead.


  # import GBIF data input=0004248-150811131857512.csv output=chondrilla

  # create GDAL VRT files based upon GBIF data in user defined directory by -c flag -c input=0004248-150811131857512.csv /
  output=chondrilla dir=C:\data\


v.import,,, v.proj


Helmut Kudrnovsky


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Latest change: Monday Jan 30 19:52:26 2023 in commit: cac8d9d848299297977d1315b7e90cc3f7698730

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