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r.spreadpath — Recursively traces the least cost path backwards to cells from which the cumulative cost was determined.


raster, fire, cumulative costs


r.spreadpath --help
r.spreadpath x_input=name y_input=name [coordinates=east,north[,east,north,...]] output=name [--overwrite] [--help] [--verbose] [--quiet] [--ui]


Allow output files to overwrite existing files
Print usage summary
Verbose module output
Quiet module output
Force launching GUI dialog


x_input=name [required]
Name of raster map containing back-path easting information
y_input=name [required]
Name of raster map containing back-path northing information
The map E and N grid coordinates of starting points
output=name [required]
Name for output raster map


r.spreadpath is part of the wildfire simulation toolset. Preparational steps for the fire simulation are the calculation of the rate of spread (ROS) with r.ros, and the creating of spread map with r.spread. Eventually, the fire path(s) based on starting point(s) are calculated with r.spreadpath.

r.spreadpath recursively traces the least cost path backwards to the origin, given backlink information input map layers and target locations from where paths are to be traced. The backlink information map layers record each cell’s backlink UTM northing (the y_input) and easting (the x_input) coordinates from which the cell’s cumulative cost was determined.

The backlink inputs can be generated from another GRASS raster program r.spread. One of the major applications of r.spreadpath along with r.spread is to accurately find the least cost corridors and/or paths on a raster setting. More information on r.spread and r.spreadpath can be found in Xu (1994).


Name of input raster map layer containing backlink UTM easting coordinates.
Name of input raster map layer containing backlink UTM northing coordinates.
coordinates =x,y[,x,y,x,y, ...]
Each x,y coordinate pair gives the easting and northing (respectively) geographic coordinates of a target point from which to backwards trace the least cost path. As many points as desired can be entered by the user.
Name of raster map layer to contain output. Also can be used as the map layer of the input target points. If so used, the input target point map will be overwritten by the output.


Xu, Jianping, 1994, Simulating the spread of wildfires using a geographic information system and remote sensing, Ph. D. Dissertation, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (ref).

See Also

r.spread, r.ros Sample data download: firedemo.sh (run this script within the "Fire simulation data set" location.


Jianping Xu and Richard G. Lathrop, Jr., Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Rutgers University.

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