I need to create more customized maps in ArcGIS than what I have in R, however I can't seem to get the outputs to match. I have model outputs as ascii that I have converted to tiffs in R and plotted:

  crs(m)<-"+proj=lcc +lat_1=50 +lat_2=70 +lat_0=40 +lon_0=-96 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +datum=NAD83 +units=m +no_defs +ellps=GRS80 +towgs84=0,0,0"

  if (require(rgdal)) {

Using those tiffs, I am trying to display the tiffs in ArcMap, however the surfaces look slightly different. Here is a screenshot to illustrate this:

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On the right is the same raster in R using levelplot however there is a slight gradient outside the "hotspots" with values around 0.1-0.2. The same cannot be seen on the raster to the left.

Is there a way to get the symbology consistent across the two? I'm wondering if my conversion is the reason as to why these are different.

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In R you set number of colors to 8 while in ArcMap you selected a gradient. To get the same results in ArcMap try to select classified renderer and devide colors into 8 equally spaced classes

  • I've fooled around with this and gotten close, however it's around 17 classes in ArcMap. If you view the legend levelplot, there are 16 distinct colours despite 8 being specified. I'm hoping there's a more effective way to replicate them.
    – GISHuman
    May 17, 2017 at 17:54

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