# How to plot a heatmap (gridded data) on a global map with cartopy in python ?

Examples of how to plot a heatmap on a global map with cartopy in python

## Get gridded data

Let's first get some data:

import numpy as np

Note that

data.shape

gives

(360, 180)

Here longitude [-180,180] are on the first axis (axis =0) and latitude [-90: 90] on the second axis (axis =1):

## Plot a simple map with cartopy

from cartopy import config
from matplotlib.pyplot import figure

import cartopy.crs as ccrs
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

fig = plt.figure(num=None, figsize=(8, 6), dpi=80, edgecolor='k')

ax = plt.axes(projection=ccrs.PlateCarree())

ax.coastlines()

plt.title("Plot a global map with cartopy in python", fontsize=12)

plt.savefig("cartopy_heatmap_01.png", bbox_inches='tight', dpi=200)

## Plot a heatmap with cartopy

from cartopy import config
from matplotlib.pyplot import figure

import cartopy.crs as ccrs
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

fig = plt.figure(num=None, figsize=(8, 6), dpi=80, edgecolor='k')

ax = plt.axes(projection=ccrs.PlateCarree())

ax.imshow(data.T, origin='lower', extent=[-180,180,-90,90], transform=ccrs.PlateCarree(),cmap='jet',vmin=0, vmax=1.0)

ax.coastlines()

plt.title("Plot a heatmap with cartopy in python", fontsize=12)

plt.savefig("cartopy_heatmap_02.png", bbox_inches='tight', dpi=200)

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