plotps documentation

plotps is part of Antarctic Mapping Tools for Matlab (Greene et al., 2017). Click here for a complete list of functions in AMT.

No Mapping Toolbox? No problem. plotps works just like Matlab's plot function, but plots georeferenced data in Antarctic polar stereographic coordinates (true latitude 71°S).



h = plotps(...)


plotps(lat,lon) plots georeferenced data in Antarctic polar stereographic eastings and northings.

plotps(...,LineSpec) specifies line or marker style.

plotps(...,'PropertyName',PropertyValue,...) specifies any number of line or marker properties.

plotps(...,'km') plots in polar stereographic kilometers instead of the default meters.

h = plotps(...) returns a column vector of handles to lineseries objects, one handle per line.


Start by plotting a grounding line inferred from Bedmap2 for context:

xlabel('eastings (m)')
ylabel('northings (m)')

Example: Markers

Now use plotps to place a big red pentagram at (80°S, 120°W):


Example: Lines

Now plot a line from the South Pole to McMurdo Station:

[mcmlat,mcmlon] = scarloc('mcmurdo station');
scarlabel 'South Pole'
scarlabel 'McMurdo Station'

plotps([-90 mcmlat],[0 mcmlon])

Citing AMT

If this function or any other part of Antarctic Mapping Tools is useful for you, please cite the paper that describes AMT.

Greene, C. A., Gwyther, D. E., & Blankenship, D. D. Antarctic Mapping Tools for Matlab. Computers & Geosciences. 104 (2017) pp.151-157. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2016.08.003.

Author Info

This function was written by Chad A. Greene of the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), February 2015, for inclusion in the Antarctic Mapping Tools package. Updated July 2015 to allow plotting in polar stereographic kilometers.