Web Mapping with R [Online]

Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

You’ve likely used Google Maps, Yelp, or Craigslist, which all have integrated web map elements, but have you ever thought of creating a web map for your research project? An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike.

Leaflet is one of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries for interactive maps. Here’s an example Interactive Map Tracking Charges & Enforcement Related to Covid-19 created with Leaflet by two researchers in Canada. This workshop will introduce you to Leaflet for R, an R package, which makes it easy to integrate and control Leaflet maps in R without knowledge of JavaScript. You can create interactive web maps right in R Studio! The topics covered include:

  • Web mapping basics (map titles, web services, etc)
  • Using the Leaflet package for R to add titles, markers, popups, create a theme map, change basemap, etc.
  • Host and publish your web map through Github


Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment. 


Participants need to install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop.

Upcoming workshops

Title Location Dates
Web Mapping with R [Online]: 2021-06-15 via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm