I am using R and have a SpatialGrid object similar to the example from this question:

Overlay a spatial polygon with a grid and check in which grid element specific coordinates are located

## read shapefile
shp <- readOGR("nybb_13a", "nybb")

proj4string(shp)  # units us-ft
# [1] "+proj=lcc +lat_1=40.66666666666666 +lat_2=41.03333333333333 
# +lat_0=40.16666666666666 +lon_0=-74 +x_0=300000 +y_0=0 +datum=NAD83
# +units=us-ft +no_defs +ellps=GRS80 +towgs84=0,0,0"

### define coordinates and convert to SpatialPointsDataFrame
poi <- data.frame(x=c(919500, 959500, 1019500, 1049500, 1029500, 989500),
              y=c(130600, 150600, 180600, 198000, 248000, 218000),
              id="A", stringsAsFactors=F)
coordinates(poi) <- ~ x + y
proj4string(poi) <- proj4string(shp)

### define SpatialGrid object
bb <- bbox(shp)
cs <- c(3.28084, 3.28084)*6000  # cell size 6km x 6km (for illustration)
                            # 1 ft = 3.28084 m
cc <- bb[, 1] + (cs/2)  # cell offset
cd <- ceiling(diff(t(bb))/cs)  # number of cells per direction
grd <- GridTopology(cellcentre.offset=cc, cellsize=cs, cells.dim=cd)
# cellcentre.offset 923018 129964
# cellsize           19685  19685
# cells.dim              8      8

sp_grd <- SpatialGridDataFrame(grd,

I have a SpatialGrid rather than SpatialGridDataFrame, so:

new_sp_grd <- SpatialGrid(grd,proj4string=CRS(proj4string(shp)))

I now want to calculate the centre coordinates of each grid cell, so that I can calculate the distance between this point and a variety of SpatialLines and SpatialPolygons objects.

Can anyone suggest how to do this? There is help for finding the centre of a polygon, but not a grid, and functions such as gCentroid from the rgeos package do not work on SpatialGrids.

  • wondering if this helps at all: stackoverflow.com/questions/37017854/… – hrbrmstr Jul 27 '16 at 14:38
  • AFAIK SpatialGrid contains a regular grid, so you can easily calculate each cell address by getting the value(X/Y) = bbox min X and Y + cellsize/2 offset. Then every cell in the grid will have the coordinates: X = valueX + cellsize*column and Y = valueY + cellsize*row – caiohamamura Jul 27 '16 at 15:11
  • Thanks for good informations. I have questions. The unit of cellsize in GridTopology is [ft]?? – CHOI Jul 8 '19 at 13:24

coordinates(new_sp_grd) returns the center coordinates of each cell. Here is a simple example:

grid <- SpatialGrid(GridTopology(c(0, 0), c(1, 1), c(5, 4)))

# get coordinates of center coordinates of each cell
grid_ctr <- coordinates(grid)

plot(grid, axes=TRUE)
points(grid_ctr, col="red", pch=16)

grid plot


Isn't this enough?

x <- 1:(cd[1,1])*cc['x']
y <- 1:(cd[1,2])*cc['y']

grid_cells_centre <- data.frame(x=rep(x, length(y)), y=rep(y, each=length(x)))

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