Digital Elevation Model (DEM), which could be a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) or a Digital Surface Model (DSM).

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What software to use for making digital elevation models from UAV aerial imagery?

I have a an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, also called a drone) and would like to use it to create a digital elevation model and orthomosaic over a smaller area (10 km2). My platform will be able to ...
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How to apply Log Transform to Flow Accumulation?

I have run a flow accumulation for a DEM that I'm working with. I'm trying to apply a log transform because I've heard it could give a better visual representation. How would I go about doing this ...
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Things to consider while and after merging DEM-Tiles?

In some tutorials it is said that after merging you should stretch the “histogram to full dataset” (also mentioned in the QGIS Training Manual). Is there anything else you would suggest doing after ...
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Importing a DEM in ASCII format into Arcmap - Projection issues [closed]

I've been trying for the last couple of days to import an ascii grid file into Arcmap. However, I'm really battling to project the data. Can anyone please assist? It would be very much appreciated. ...
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Why does merge/mosaic four DEMs into one give ERROR 01042?

I'm unable to merge 4 dems into one using ArcGIS Home 10.2. Raster Calculator, adding them, gives me the error: RuntimeError: ERROR 010422: Error in processing the environment mask. I created a ...
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How to clean up contours?

I have .dxf file with contour lines representing elevation. But this contours are too "ugly" and elevation model looks just bad. As you can see on image, contours are not continuous... Is there any ...
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Interpolate Temperature Using DEM

I want to "co-interpolate" temperature with DEM. I have SRTM 90m aggregated to 1km and I want to "co-interpolate" my DEM with points with temperature data. How do I do this? I am using ArcGIS 10.
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Calculating std dev for ruggedness using QGIS?

I have a DEM raster image and a vector layer with 200+ grids. Using QGIS, I got the terrain ruggedness index for the DEM layer. Now, I want the std dev (i.e. variation in ruggedness) for each of the ...
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Workflow for determining stream gradient?

As far as data goes, I'm working with NHD .shp files, 10m DEMs, and some LIDAR data. My goal is to determine gradient for 100m segments of a network of streams. I'm already able to do this, but I ...
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Combining several rasters before r.surf.contour?

I have been trying to generate an elevation model from contour lines using first v.to.rast.attr and then r.surf.contour. Generally, it works pretty well, execpt for one issue. My data contains a lot ...
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How to build an artificial 'dam' across a river?

I have a DEM. Created all files related to watershed including accumulation, direction, streams etc... I'm stuck creating a dam. I request you to please let me know how to build an artificial 'dam' ...
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How do I run the nvis tool in QGIS GRASS?

I am trying to follow this workflow: [How to generate a DEM from a countour Shapefile?] and it's running fine, and when I hit view output or view results I end up with a flat raster with shading ...
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Make a Ground Mask raster with the Greater Than tool (DEMs are generated from LiDAR)

I'm trying to see if I can replicate the Esri solar suitability site example from this article. I fail on the creation of the binary ground raster. I have made a Bare Earth raster from LiDAR ground ...
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Is there a way to convert GeoTIFF to DEM?

Simple enough question. The NASA Aster data comes in GeoTIFF format, but the tool I'm using (Sketchup) only accepts DEM. Is there a way to convert? I did a lot of searching, and only found the ...
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Can shaded relief be “blended” with DEM colour ramp in ArcGIS to produce a more visually dramatic result?

Not being able to use true transparencies with ArcGIS colour ramps where only solid colours are allowed has me always wondering about how to improve the look of the surface in my maps without ...
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Iceland base data - dem, hydro etc

I am looking for elevation data for Iceland. Specifically a higher res dem (30m) and some good hydrography, glaciers etc. Any suggestions for a good data source?
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Add Z and M values to stream network produced from DEM

I created a stream network from an existing DEM. My ultimate project goal is to be able to select a river from my stream network and use the 3D analyst to generate stream profile (Elevation by ...
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How to use SRTM Global DEM for Slope calculation?

I have downloaded SRTM GDEM (~90 km resolution). I am using ArcGIS 10. I have tried to use spatial analyst to compute for slope. However, I can not compute for the slope. The output values has only ...
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Elevation difference map using two DEM

I am studying glacier mass balance and have ASTER and SRTM DEMs. I want to make an elevation/volume change image such that it graphically represents changes in elevation difference in various parts of ...
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Digital Elevation Model Fusion

I want to fuse Digital elevation Models extracted from Carto-1 satellite. I already extracted DEMs & tried few algorithms in Matlab. Unfortunately as they are not Georeferenced i am not getting ...
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How to remove pixel values below 0 in Digital Elevation Model in ArcGIS?

I made a DEM layer from LAS file (LiDAR).Now for showing a map I have a map like the image below! I wonder how can I remove black area? They have the value -2 to 16! How is possible to set the value ...
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Viewshed calculation using SQL

Can i calculate viewshed in MS-SQL server? Viewshed analysis is Raster operation. I have elevation value vector observation as point vectors. Are there any methods to calculate Viewshed (using ...
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Find minimum elevation along a polyline and return xy or point?

Using ArcGIS 10.1 and Python IDLE 2.7.2... I'm trying to find the minimum value of a polyline with a raster layer and turn that LOCATION into a point. I put everything together in model builder, but ...
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How do I split a DEM at a certain elevation?

I have a DEM that includes bathymetry and terrain elevation and I would like to split it at the coastline. Ideally, I would end up with one tif that's land and one tif that's bathymetry. I have ...
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Calculate Number Of Pixels Visible From Pixel

I am looking for a way in which to take an input DEM and create an output raster whose pixel's value is the count of pixels "visible" from that location. I use ArcGIS with Spatial Analyst, but also ...
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DEM/DSM from contour lines and slopes

I want to create a DEM with as much detail as possible. The problem is, that the area contains several (manmade) slopes. I got contour lines and lines that mark the location of the slopes, but no ...
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How to give elevation information to a polygon feature class using existing TIN file ? (geological mapping)

I'm an ArcGIS 10.1 user. My issue: I have a printed form of a map which depicts geological bodies being surface rock occurence. Additionaly, there are elevation contour lines. I digitized the map by ...
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What steps does SAGA GIS take when calculating Topographic Wetness, specifically when handling depression filled (by ArcMap) DEM

I am a grad student involved with hydrological modeling. In the model I work on, we are calculating the Topographic Index (TI; without transmissivity - or set to 1) using Quinn's MFD algorithm. We do ...
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QGIS DEM (Terrain models) Mode Slope creates wrong data [duplicate]

I have a DEM raster file downloaded from the USGS site. The file can be downloaded here. I am trying to create a slope raster in percent with the DEM tool in QGIS. The GDAL command is the following: ...
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How to create 3D water depth with ArcScene?

I was trying to visualize flood depth in 3D using ArcScene. What I had for this purposes are: high-resolution DTM of the valley orthophoto and Raster with flood depth information. I have draped ...
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FOSS method to split raster into smaller chunks

I have a raster (USGS DEM actually) and I need to split it up into smaller chunks like the image below shows. That was accomplished in ArcGIS 10.0 using the Split Raster tool. I would like a FOSS ...
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What are the ways we can control the quality of a DTM?

I imagine that for DTM obtained from Stereoscopic procedures or interpolation from a set of topographic points a comparaison with the original data can help, but what for DTM obtained from Remote ...
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Define uphill side of roads and buildings

I have a big raster of a mountain region and I need to extract the uphill side of roads and buildings, from these elements to the pick of mountains. For a road I know the uphill side changes in ...
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Is it possible to make a DEM from contours in QGIS?

Is it possible to make a DEM from contours in QGIS? I have a shp file (contours) and their heights, can I use QGIS for produce a DEM without using GRASS? I find this creating a dem from contours but ...
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How determine data type of points in geotiff DTM?

I have some DTMs in geotiff files. I need to read them in C# and I've decided to use libtiff for that purpose. After some investigations, I've found that there are tiled tiffs, so I use ReadTile ...
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Focal statistics to calculate saddle points from DEM

I have a conundrum with Focal Statistics and kernel files. I am been trying to identify saddle points in DEMs. I am attempting to rewrite this (thanks whuber) in a python script for 10.1. I have ...
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DEM difference looks like a hillshade

I wanted to find the elevation difference between 2 DEMs. When I got the data, I had to georef one image and had to aggregated it too because their cell values do not match. I also tried to resample ...
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converting vectors to raster (burning streams)

I converted my stream vector to a raster file (using polyline to raster conversion tool). I anticipated that I would get a No Data row in the raster file attribute table, so that I could use a ...
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r.shaded.relief plugin on a DEM layer

I loaded a raster digital elevation map from the DEM explorer website. I defined the projection and created a mapset. I then loaded the raster file into GRASS with the r.in.gdal plugin to create a DEM ...
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Adding a Z Unit [duplicate]

I'm struggling with the Z Unit conversion of some data. Both the NHD data and my DEM are in a GCS with Decimal Degrees. These data sets project perfectly on the fly, but after I adjust the Z Unit of ...
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Adjusting Z Units on a DEM

I am learning how to use ArcHydro and attempting to change the Z Units because I get a warning message saying the Spatial Reference Doesn't Match. The DEM was in Meters, and I adjusted the Z Unit to ...
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how do you identify ridges on an elevation raster?

I was wondering whether anyone might be able to tell me in layman's terms how to extract or differentiate between ridges and hilltops from 10m elevation data using ArcGIS 10.1? Any advice would be ...
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Open source tool to convert a DEM to a 3D model

I would like to convert a DEM (Digitial Elevation Model) file (e.g. from SRTM) into a 3D model that I can then edit with regular 3D modeling tools (e.g. Meshlab/Blender/etc.). However I'm using Ubuntu ...
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Creation of drainage ditch in ArcGIS - Line with a certain slope

I have a digital terrain model and a list of problematic points, in which water accumulates. It's not important how I obtained these points (by observing or some algorythm). I would like to use these ...
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Create Contours From a DEM without 3D or Spatial Analyst

I'm wondering if there is a way to create contours from a DEM using ArcGIS without 3D or Spatial Analyst Extensions. I know that there are a few questions out there pertaining to this (How to create ...
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How to produce a CSV file from .tif file with elevation data? [duplicate]

just want to ask, I have a .tif file that contains all the elevation of a country. How can I convert that to a CSV file that contains x,y,z values where x and y are the latitude longitude respectively ...
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How to de-noise a DSM

I have created a DEM, DSM, and nDSM from a LiDAR Point Cloud using SAGA-GIS. I extracted the appropriate returns from the point cloud, then converted to grid, and then closed gaps to fill in any ...
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How to create a digital elevation map?

I am very new to Quantum GIS, I want to create a digital elevation map a particular region, I would very much appreciate if some one gives me a step by step procedure. Thank you edit by Martin: I ...
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QGIS export DTM with x.000 coordinates

I'm new at QGIS and would like to solve the following problem: I import points and breaklines and interpolate this data. Afterwards the generated DTM is exported to a new file (this works). Now I ...
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GDAL - least cost path analysis height data

I would like to use Pythons GDAL bindings to find the least cost path through an array and then show the route on top of the original array. I am using DEM data and would like the slope to be taken ...