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I am attempting to do a conditional reclassification of an NLCD land-use raster.

I specifically want to reclassify all developed areas (classifications 22,23,24) that are near a road (classification 21) into distinct new classes: "developed land near road".

My workflow so far using ArcMap has been:

  1. Extract the road class into a new raster using "Extract by Attributes"
  2. Convert that raster to point using "Raster to Point"
  3. Buffer around those points using "Buffer"
  4. Reconvert the resulting polygon back to a raster using "Polygon to Raster." This file has a single value for being within distance of a road and NA's otherwise/
  5. ...
  6. profit!

So step 5 is where I have trouble. I need to do some sort of a conditional reclassification on each of the 3 housing classes. In raster calculator I think I worked out that it needs to be of the form:


I'm suspecting that I will need to run it sequentially for each of the 3 housing values. But I'm not really sure how or which of the logical math operators to use.


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Keep the entire operation in raster, no need to convert to/from vector.

This uses ArcGIS 10 raster calculator syntax and assumes that your minimum distance is 50 "units" and your output landuse class is "234":

Con(InList("landuse",[22,23,24]) * EucDistance(Con("landuse" == 21,1), 50), 1)

This will give you a single value of 1 where landuse is 22,23 or 24 within 50 units of road (21) and NoData everywhere else. You can then combine that with your original landuse with something like:

Con(IsNull("near road raster"), "landuse", 234)

You could probably combine that into a single step, but I didn't try.

Note: ArcGIS <= 9.3x syntax will likely be different. For example, I remember that Workstation GRID and older Spatial Analyst syntax is "IN {22, 23,24}" instead of "InList(22,23,24)"

Edit: And you can do it in one hit with:

Con(IsNull(InList("landuse",[22,23,24]) * EucDistance(Con("landuse" == 21,1), 50)), "landuse",234)
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