Axes of polar plot

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alberto tonizzo
alberto tonizzo on 15 Aug 2022
Commented: alberto tonizzo on 16 Aug 2022
I'm plotting a contour plot on top of a polar plot but I can't see the axes (rho?) underneath the contour plot. Does anyone know how to do that?
The code I'm using and the generated figure are below.
Thank you!
% Creating mesh
[phi_HL_upwelling_Mesh,theta_HL_upwelling_Mesh]= meshgrid(deg2rad(phi_HL_upwelling),(theta_HL_upwelling));
% Convert to Cartesian
x = (180 - theta_HL_upwelling_Mesh).*cos(phi_HL_upwelling_Mesh);
y = (180 - theta_HL_upwelling_Mesh).*sin(phi_HL_upwelling_Mesh);
% 2D matrix
z = squeeze(rrs_upwelling(i_st,:,:,i_lambda));
h = polar(x,y);
hold on;
axis image;
alberto tonizzo
alberto tonizzo on 16 Aug 2022
I'd rather not doing it manually, I have quite a few plots to make. Thanks.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Aug 2022
%when you use polar() the lines are given hidden handles
ax = gca;
LL = setdiff(findall(ax, 'Type', 'line'), ax.Children);
You can now proceed to set ZData on each member of LL to something that is above the contourf plot. Some of the entries in LL will have only 2 data points,
For example,
zoff = 10;
set(LL, {'ZData'}, cellfun(@(C) C*0 + zoff, {LL.XData}, 'uniform', 0).')
The content of the XData is multiplied by 0, to give a zero vector the same size; zoff is added to give a constant vector.
It could instead have been coded as
zoff = 10;
set(LL, {'ZData'}, cellfun(@(C) zoff*ones(size(C)), {LL.XData}, 'uniform', 0).')
Using the property name inside a cell array is a trick that is not well documented. set() allows you to set multiple properties at once, or set properties for multiple objects, if you use a cell array for the property name(s)
alberto tonizzo
alberto tonizzo on 16 Aug 2022
Would you be able to write a few lines of code? I'm not familiar with patch nor findall.
Thank you so much!

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