This section contains tutorials on plotting maps with Cartopy. It will be cross-referenced with tutorials on Xarray and Matplotlib.

From the Cartopy website:

Cartopy is a Python package designed for geospatial data processing in order to produce maps and other geospatial data analyses.

Cartopy makes use of the powerful PROJ.4, NumPy and Shapely libraries and includes a programmatic interface built on top of Matplotlib for the creation of publication quality maps.

Key features of Cartopy are its object-oriented projection definitions, and its ability to transform points, lines, vectors, polygons and images between those projections.

You should have a basic familiarity with Matplotlib prior to working through the Cartopy notebooks presented here.

Cartopy’s cartographic features library includes shapefiles directly served by Natural Earth.