leastcostpath - version 2.0.12

leastcostpath from version 2.0.0 onwards is built without dependency on the R package gdistance and instead relies on sf and terra.

Since 2.0.8 leastcostpath can use both projected and geographic coordinate systems

Functions currently in development:

Functions recently added:

Getting Started




Please submit issues and enhancement requests via github Issues * If submitting an issue, please clearly describe the issue, including steps to reproduce when it is a bug, or a justification for the proposed enhancement request

Case Studies Using leastcostpath

Lewis, J. (2023). Explaining Known Past Routes, Underdetermination, and the Use of Multiple Cost Functions. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-023-09621-w

Martin, S. A., Peterman, W. E., Lipps, G. J., & Gibbs, H. L. (2023). Inferring population connectivity in eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) using landscape genetics. Ecological Applications, 33(2). https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2793

Fabrício Machado, A., Miranda, F.R., 2022. The potential distribution of Cyclopes didactylus , a silky anteater, reveals a likely unknown population and urgent need for forest conservation in Northeast Brazil. J. Trop. Ecol. 38, 454–461. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266467422000372

Theron, K.J., J.S. Pryke and M.J. Samways 2022. Maintaining functional connectivity in grassland corridors between plantation forests promotes high-quality habitat and conserves range restricted grasshoppers. Landsc Ecol 37, 2081–97

Barnett, T., J. Valdez-Tullett and L.M. Bjerketvedt 2022. Close encounters: visibility and accessibility of Atlantic rock art in Scotland. Abstractions Based on Circles: Papers on prehistoric rock art presented to Stan Beckensall on his 90th birthday, 63

Fjellström, M., Seitsonen, O., Wallén, H., 2022. Mobility in Early Reindeer Herding, in: Salmi, A.-K. (Ed.), Domestication in Action, Arctic Encounters. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 187–212. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98643-8_7

Field, S., Glowacki, D.M., Gettler, L.T., 2022. The Importance of Energetics in Archaeological Least Cost Analysis. J Archaeol Method Theory. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-022-09564-8

Lewis, J., 2021. Probabilistic Modelling for Incorporating Uncertainty in Least Cost Path Results: a Postdictive Roman Road Case Study. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-021-09522-w

Ludwig, B., 2020. Reconstructing the Ancient Route Network in Pergamon’s Surroundings. Land 9, 241. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9080241


See NEWS.md for a summary of Version updates



Please cite as:

Lewis, J. (2023) leastcostpath: Modelling Pathways and Movement Potential Within a Landscape (version 2.0.12). 
Available at: https://github.com/josephlewis/leastcostpath