Raster is a data format consisting of regular grids of values, usually stored in an image-like format.

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What are Raster and Vector data in GIS and when to use?

What are raster and vector data in the GIS context? In general terms what applications, processes, or analysis are each suited for? (And not suited for!) In answering someone's question today, I ...
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How to clip a raster with vector boundaries?

I am using QGIS. I would like to clip a raster precipitation layer using an admin boundary layer that is vector data. However the geoprocessing tools seem to be usable only for vector data. How can ...
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What raster smoothing/generalization tools are available?

I have a DEM that I would like to smooth or generalize to remove topographic extremes (chop off peaks and fill-in valleys). Ideally, I would also like to have control over the radius or level of "...
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How to represent trend over time?

I have a time series of rasters where the cells of each raster represents some value at a certain time. I'd like to generate a map that highlights the magnitude of positive or negative trends in this ...
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What is Lanczos resampling useful for in a spatial context?

GDAL includes a resampling method beyond the normal mix of nearest neighbor, bilinear, cubic and splines: "Lanczos windowed sinc resampling". I understand that its a convolution filter, but unlike ...
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Work flow for georeferencing imagery using open source tools?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a work flow for georeferencing high resolution aerial photography using open source tools? Comparison of user friendliness and robustness between Quantum GIS ...
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How can I convert data in the form of lat, lon, value into a raster file using R?

I have a data set of values over a km grid in the continental U.S. The columns are "latitude", "longitude", and "observation", e.g.: "lat" "lon" "yield" 25.567 -120.347 3.6 25.832 -120....
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What raster-based GIS systems really work?

Raster GISes like GRASS, ArcGIS/Spatial Analyst, and Idrisi can perform a rich set of data processing and analytical procedures loosely known as "map algebra." In today's computing environment it is ...
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How to buffer raster pixels by their values?

The pixels to the left represent tree locations and their associated crown radii (i.e. pixel values ranging from 2 - 5). I would like to buffer these raster pixels by their crown radius value. The ...
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How do you decide what interpolation method to use for resampling raster data?

The question pretty much says it all; are there hard and fast rules about which interpolation methods are suited to each kind of raster data? Any Golden rules, rules of thumb? Good books or articles ...
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What is Change Detection and how I can perform such analysis with open source tools?

From wikipedia page: Change detection for GIS (geographical information systems) is a process that measures how the attributes of a particular area have changed between two or more time periods. ...
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Packing Polygons within polygon

I have a Boolean raster. In the grey areas of the raster I would like to fit a given size polygon within a contiguous extent. Basically, I have an irregular polygon, and i would like to "fit" a ...
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How to count consecutive pixel values for a set of rasters?

I'm using ArcGIS 10 with Spatial Analyst. I have a set of rasters (8 in total) that only every contain a 1 or a 0 for each cell. Each raster represents a different years worth of data. For arguments ...
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Speed of various raster data formats

I'm having trouble locating any discussion or comparative benchmarking of different raster file formats (e.g., for use in data analysis in R). Does anybody have any insight into why particular formats ...
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Dealing with bridges and tunnels when modeling raster least cost paths?

I'm currently using ArcGIS 10 Spatial Analyst's Cost Path tool to model pedestrian routes. I have sidewalks, fences, buildings and a ton of pedestrian scale features, all combined into a cost surface ...
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Clipping a raster in R

I am building a map for the northeastern U.S.A. The map background needs to be either an altitude map or a mean annual temperature map. I have two rasters from Worldclim.org which give me these ...
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Creating shapefile showing footprints of Rasters?

I have around 1,000 satellite images in tiff format, and I want to create a shapefile which will serve as an index to the rasters. This is something similar to a raster catalog, but I do not want to ...
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Displaying numbers of single band raster layer in QGIS without additional vector layer?

I wonder if there is a raster symbolizer in QGIS with a label option, that renders the cell values as labels of single band raster layer, a scalar field. The standard raster symbolizer dialog in ...
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Joining several raster files using QGIS?

I'm new to QGIS. How can I combine multiple raster layers into one layer? The raster images are of different areas with very little overlap. The goal is to bring numerous town plats into one ...
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Differences between Raster Dataset, Raster Catalog, and Raster Mosaic

I have about 40 scanned, colorful Geology maps that are GeoTiffs. I want to bring them into an Esri FileGeodatabase to lower their size, combine them as one and display them with a mostly transparent ...
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Performing Raster Noise Reduction and Edge Smoothing?

I have a raster image like this I want to delete the isolated noise point and smooth the edge (say the white single points, and I want the edges of the entity look smooth). How can I do this in ...
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What resampling technique should be used when projecting aerial photos?

I'm doing some time-intensive projecting of aerial photos, and I'm curious - what resampling technique is best to use on aerial photos? In ArcMap, my options are NEAREST, BILINEAR, CUBIC, and MAJORITY....
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Can we create views over a raster table in Postgis2.0?

Is it possible to create PostgreSQL views over a table that contains raster data? I have succeeded in creating the view but the entry in raster_columns is not correct (all the raster info is missing)....
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Extract Raster Value into Polygon Attribute

I have Raster Data for a State which has Elevation Data in its pixels. I also have Vector layer which has the 300 divisions of State. what I need is, I want to get the average elevation value of ...
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Are there any general rules of thumb for selecting a transformation for Georeferencing?

There are several transformations that can be used when georeferencing a raster: 1st order Polynomial (affine) 2nd order Polynomial 3rd order Polynomial Spline... etc Are there any specific rules ...
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How to convert a vector layer to raster?

In qgis in the raster menu there is an item "convert vector to raster". This behaves strangely - I do not understand how it is supposed to work. I can select a vector file, an attribute and an ...
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Writing numpy array to raster file

I'm new to GIS, and I'm lost with something I feel ought to be relatively simple. I have some code that converts infrared images of Mars into thermal inertia maps, which are then stored as 2D numpy ...
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Where can I find examples of fuzzy logic applications in ArcGIS?

The last ArcGIS version (10) includes two arctoolbox tools for fuzzy logic (Fuzzy Membership, and Fuzzy Overlay). Does anyone know where can I find some examples showing how they can be applied? (...
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Generating contours from DEM using GDAL?

We have just received a large set of DEMs at work and I would like to generate contours from them. The DEMs have a resolution of 1m and a size of 1kmx1km. Output from gdalinfo: Driver: AAIGrid/Arc/...
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Get boundary of raster image as polygon in ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a rectangular raster image in ArcGIS. My question is: how can I produce a polygon which is just the extent of the raster image? That is, I want to have a polygon layer with a single ...
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Is Hillshade option in ArcMap rubbish or is it me?

Here is a pretty pic of the raster I am using - with no effects applied - just the color ramp and historgram adjusted to show out all the relief - all be it in a very 2D way! I have a raster layer ...
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Creating simple image from vector data

Can anyone suggest a quick (and preferably open source) way to create an image from a shapefile. For example, I have a shapefile containing parcel boundaries, I want to create a png file depicting ...
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How to perform Raster Reclassification in QGIS?

Is there a way to perform a reclassify of a raster image in QGIS? In ArcGIS you can do that in Spatial analyst Tools→Reclass→Reclassify Any ideas?
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How to smooth/interpolate a raster in python using GDAL?

This is my first post so please feel free to critique where necessary. Background: I am developing in Python and using GDAL from OSGEO to manipulate and interact with rasters and shapefiles. Problem:...
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Rasterfile clipping error: Cannot compute bounding box of cutline

I have a raster file and want to clip it, a vector file is supposed to be the mask layer. I use the most obvious method (Raster->Extraction->Clipper). No matter what I do, I get this error (see pic): ...
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How to count and rasterize polygon overlaps in ArcGIS Desktop?

How do you take a vector layer with overlapping polygons and turn it into a raster where each cell counts the number of polygons containing that cell? We are looking at polygons of fire burn areas ...
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Which CRS would you use to georeference historical world maps?

Which CRS would you recommend to georeference historical world maps like the ones in the London Geographical Institute - The Peoples Atlas - 1920, e.g. The map displays a lat/lon grid which I would ...
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Is it possible to use symbols instead of colours to visualise raster cell values?

I have a raster image (GeoTIFF) with integer values. I know how to visualise raster values in QGIS using colormaps or similar, but I would like to assign symbols to each colour value instead - just ...
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Raster legend in R: how to colour specific values?

I have an elevation model plotted in R r <- raster("example.dem") plot(r, col = topo.colors(20)) Some of the values are below sea level (0), and I'd like to have those display in red. How can ...
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Loading a raster into a PostGIS 2.0 database on Windows

I'm trying to figure out how to load a raster into a PostGIS2.0 database (I have asked previous questions on this topic here and here). I am trying to use the raster2pgsql.exe program provided with ...
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When should I be calling a 'rectangular grid of pixels' a raster or an image?

Reading through GIS literature, it sometimes feels that authors use the two terms with a specific meaning in mind. I always treat the terms interchangeably. Am I wrong? Read the first line in the ...
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Calculating elevation profile along line from a DEM?

Given a DEM (Digital Elevation Model) and a line (x1,y1) --> (x2,y2) (paired coordinates (x,y)), how can one calculate the elevation profile or cross-section projected on that line? I am looking for ...
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Get Raster Values from a Polygon Overlay in Opensource GIS Solutions

I have two layers. A polygon-shape-layer with many tiles and a raster-layer containing CORINE 2006 land cover with many categories in a colourmap. I want to obtain for each polygon in the shapelayer a ...
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Dikes extraction from DEM

I do have DEM of 1x1 meter and original LiDAR point cloud in .las, that DEM is made of. I need to extract river dikes (highest points of the dikes) to vector feature (point, polyline). Any idea for ...
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Aggregating points to grid using R

I have a question with regard to spatial aggregation in R. What I am trying to do is aggregate a point dataset to a grid. I am unsure however how to do this as I have little experience with this sort ...
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Extract raster values at points

How can I extract values from a raster by points. I prefer not in Arcgis. I prefer in Qgis or Mapwindow or other open source gis.
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Random sampling of raster using R

Is there a straightforward way of randomly sampling a raster so that the output of the process is a raster? I'm using an example that I found on the r-sig-geo list and I have also tried the ...
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What practices are available for modelling land suitability?

I currently use a "classic" raster based approach of dividing a study area into cells. All input layers are converted to rasters at the same cell resolution and given a suitability rating. A final ...
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How to speed up queries for raster databases?

I have a raster database in postgresql/postgis with these columns: (ID, rast, data_of_data). 'rast' is the column that has raster files in WKT format. An example query to find the DN value of a ...
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What to do with -3.4e+38 nodata values?

I am trying to process some bioclimatic raster files, such as can be downloaded from http://www.worldclim.org/current (bioclim set). They seem to have nodata values set to -3.4e+38 according to QGIS (...