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The goal of rsi is to address several repeated spatial infelicities, by providing utility functions that save you typing and help avoid repetitive stress injuries. Specifically, rsi provides:


You can install rsi via:


You can install the development version of rsi from GitHub using pak:

# install.packages("pak")


The spectral_indices() function provides a tibble with data from the Awesome Spectral Indices project:


#> # A tibble: 243 × 9
#>    application_domain bands     contributor   date_of_addition formula long_name
#>    <chr>              <list>    <chr>         <chr>            <chr>   <chr>    
#>  1 vegetation         <chr [2]> https://gith… 2021-11-17       (N - 0… Aerosol …
#>  2 vegetation         <chr [2]> https://gith… 2021-11-17       (N - 0… Aerosol …
#>  3 water              <chr [6]> https://gith… 2022-09-22       (B + G… Augmente…
#>  4 vegetation         <chr [2]> https://gith… 2021-09-20       (1 / G… Anthocya…
#>  5 vegetation         <chr [3]> https://gith… 2022-04-08       N * ((… Anthocya…
#>  6 vegetation         <chr [4]> https://gith… 2021-05-11       (N - (… Atmosphe…
#>  7 vegetation         <chr [4]> https://gith… 2021-05-14       sla * … Adjusted…
#>  8 vegetation         <chr [2]> https://gith… 2022-04-08       (N * (… Advanced…
#>  9 water              <chr [4]> https://gith… 2021-09-18       4.0 * … Automate…
#> 10 water              <chr [5]> https://gith… 2021-09-18       B + 2.… Automate…
#> # ℹ 233 more rows
#> # ℹ 3 more variables: platforms <list>, reference <chr>, short_name <chr>

The first time spectral_indices() is called it will download the most up-to-date version of the spectral indices JSON file, and then write the resulting table to a cache file in tools::R_user_dir("rsi"). After that, spectral_indices() will only download a new file if the cache is older than 1 day, or if the update_cache argument is TRUE, in order to provide the most up-to-date data as quickly as possible. If offline, spectral_indices() will always fall back to the cache or, if no cache file exists, a (possibly out-of-date) data file included in rsi itself.

Separately, the get_stac_data() function provides a generic interface for downloading composite images from any accessible STAC catalog. For instance, we could download a cloud-masked composite of Landsat’s visible layers using get_stac_data() and a few helper functions from rsi:

aoi <- sf::st_point(c(-74.912131, 44.080410))
aoi <- sf::st_set_crs(sf::st_sfc(aoi), 4326)
aoi <- sf::st_buffer(sf::st_transform(aoi, 5070), 1000)

landsat_image <- get_stac_data(
  start_date = "2022-06-01",
  end_date = "2022-06-30",
  pixel_x_size = 30,
  pixel_y_size = 30,
  asset_names = c("red", "blue", "green"),
  stac_source = "",
  collection = "landsat-c2-l2",
  mask_band = "qa_pixel",
  mask_function = landsat_mask_function,
  output_filename = tempfile(fileext = ".tif"),
  item_filter_function = landsat_platform_filter,
  platforms = c("landsat-9", "landsat-8")


For these common use cases, however, rsi also provides helper functions which provide most of these arguments for you. For instance, that get_stac_data() call could be as simple as:

landsat_image <- get_landsat_imagery(
  start_date = "2022-06-01",
  end_date = "2022-08-30",
  output_filename = tempfile(fileext = ".tif")

By default, these functions download data from Microsoft’s Planetary Computer API, using a number of configuration options set in rsi_band_mapping objects provided by the package. You can see these default configuration options by printing the band mapping objects, and can adjust them through arguments to any get_* function in the package.

#> An rsi band mapping object with attributes:
#> names mask_band mask_function stac_source collection_name query_function download_function sign_function class
#> coastal    blue   green     red   nir08  swir16  swir22    lwir  lwir11 
#>     "A"     "B"     "G"     "R"     "N"    "S1"    "S2"     "T"    "T1"

We can put these pieces together and calculate as many spectral indices as we can based on our downloaded Landsat imagery. The calculate_indices() function, well, calculates indices, using subsets of our spectral_indices() data frame:

available_indices <- filter_bands(
  bands = names(terra::rast(landsat_image))

indices <- calculate_indices(
  output_filename = tempfile(fileext = ".tif")

# Plot the first handful of spatial indices

And last but not least, rsi includes a utility for efficiently combining rasters containing different data about the same location into a VRT, which allows programs like GDAL to treat these separate data sources as a single file. For instance, we can combine our Landsat imagery with the derived indices:

raster_stack <- stack_rasters(
  c(landsat_image, indices),
  tempfile(fileext = ".vrt")

# The first few panels are now Landsat measurements, not indices:

This can be extremely useful as a way to create predictor bricks and other multi-band rasters from various data sources.


We love contributions! See our contribution guide for pointers on how to make your contribution as easy to accept as possible – in particular, consider opening an issue with a minimal reprex to make sure that we understand what your changes are meant to do.


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