David Trethewey wrote:
How do you install the high and full resolution coastline datasets? I've tried simply downloading them from the internet from http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/wessel/gshhs/gshhs.html and copying them into the basemap data directory but this didn't work.
David: The high and full resolution datasets are included in the basemap distribution (available at http://sf.net/projects/matplotlib). I presume you are using Basemap from Enthough Python (which excluded those datasets, presumably to save space). If so, just install Basemap again from the sourceforge download and you will get them.