R package RStoolbox available on cran


RStoolbox_RemoteSensing_Ecology_Benjamin_LeutnerWe are happy to announce the initial release of our *RStoolbox* package. The package has been developed by Benjamin Leutner and will be used extensively in our upcoming book “Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists – Using Open Source software“.
RStoolbox provides various tools for remote sensing data analysis and is now available from CRAN:


and more details at:


The main focus of RStoolbox is to provide a set of high-level remote sensing tools for various classification tasks. This includes unsupervised and supervised classification with different classifiers, fractional cover analysis and a spectral angle mapper. Furthermore, several spectral transformations like vegetation indices, principal component analysis or tasseled cap transformation are available as well.

Besides that, we provide a set of data import and pre-processing functions. These include reading and tidying Landsat meta-data, importing ENVI spectral libraries, histogram matching, automatic image co-registration, topographic illumination correction and so on.

Last but not least, RStoolbox ships with two functions dedicated to plotting remote sensing data (*raster* objects) with *ggplot2* including RGB color compositing with various contrast stretching options.

RStoolbox is built on top of the *raster* package. To improve performance some functions use embedded C++ code via the *Rcpp* package.
Moreover, most functions have built-in support for parallel processing, which is activated by running raster::beginCluster() beforehand.


RStoolbox is hosted at www.github.com/bleutner/RStoolbox

For a more details, including executed examples, please see



We sincerely hope that this package may be helpful for some people and are looking forward to any feedback, suggestions and bug reports.

Book submitted

book_remote_sensing_gis_ecologists_wegmann_leutner_dechWe finally submitted our book “Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists” to the publisher. It took longer than anticipated and we learned a lot. Looking forward to the printed version. More details how to order and the expected publishing date can be found at http://www.pelagicpublishing.com/remote-sensing-and-gis-for-ecologists.html

we will post news and updates about the book on our news page, as well as updates of related software packages.Remote_Sensing_GIS_Ecology_book_preorder