I’m playing with Matplotlib & Basemap for the first time, and attempting to render data from the NOAA GFS models. With joy I finally got something on screen, however I was wondering what I might be able to do, to better improve the contour rendering of the final map. To better illustrate my problem, here is a screenshot with added red lines pointing to the odd slicing I get around the contours: http://www.bigoceans.com/slices.png
Is there any way to rectify that?
Also, part of my project is to output massively high resolution images of this work, which I’ll be using to display in a number of mediums which are of particular aesthetic importance (I’m not a scientist, I’m producing something more in the realm of infographics). I decided perhaps the best method to achieve this is as a PDF/Vector output, which I could generate bitmaps at a later date at any resolution I choose to render the PDF as (upwards of 8000pixels). Would anyone be able to best recommend how I can achieve the highest possible contouring, country borders and other things related to detail? I have attempted to use the resolution=full keyword, however my computer balked and failed to respond after five minutes. What is this keyword actually doing? What can I do to get the greatest resolution of coastline & map representation?
Thanks so much, Nick