I am new to all things GIS so apologies for a basic questions. I am trying to specify the CRS of a climatic raster layer in R. It is an equal area projection based on Europe Equidistant Conic and the datum is D European 1950. Can anyone help me specifiy the argument in R?

projection(myraster) = CRS("+proj=eqdc +ellps=???+ datum=???")

Many thanks if you can help!

  • Is the map area in the south Permian Basin?
    – Mintx
    Dec 12, 2013 at 17:36
  • In your other answer you refer to ECA&D E-OBS - where did you find that these data are provided in European 1950 datum? Please indicate the URL or reference...
    – markusN
    Dec 12, 2013 at 20:22
  • I assume tsutsume wants to make a map in that projection. The data looks like degrees.
    – AndreJ
    Dec 12, 2013 at 20:44

2 Answers 2


"Europe Equidistant Conic" is also coded as ESRI:102031 and its Proj.4 definition is:

+proj=eqdc +lat_0=0 +lon_0=0 +lat_1=43 +lat_2=62 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +ellps=intl +units=m +no_defs

QGIS reports European Datum ED50 as

+proj=longlat +ellps=intl +towgs84=-87,-98,-121,0,0,0,0 +no_defs

But there are als definitions

IGNF:ED50G +proj=longlat +towgs84=-84.0000,-97.0000,-117.0000 +a=6378388.0000 +rf=297.0000000000000 +units=m +no_defs
ED50(ED77) EPSG:4154 +proj=longlat +ellps=intl +towgs84=-117,-132,-164,0,0,0,0 +no_defs

It mainly depends on what part of Europe your data is from. But I doubt if it has a great impact on the analysis of your data.

  • Wow, thanks for the quick response. It is the whole extent of Europe. The original climatic data set is from the E-OBS gridded climatic data set. I will try your suggestions.
    – tsutsume
    Dec 12, 2013 at 17:41

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