Using ArcGIS 10.1 (Build 3143) I would like to create a relatively small raster mosaic dataset (the size of a city) based on a larger, existing one (the size of a state) using a single feature class polygon as a spatial query. Is this possible?

Clipping the raster mosaic with Clip (Data Management Tools > Raster > Raster Processing > Clip) or Extract by Mask (Spatial Analyst Tools > Extraction > Extract by Mask) produce low-resolution rasters instead of mosaics.

Over the past few weeks I think I remember seeing the option to perform the operation described above, but now I cannot find it. Ultimately, I will publish the raster mosaic dataset in ArcGIS Server.

  • Described another way, is it possible to restrict the display of a raster mosaic dataset to only the part that falls inside of a feature polygon? Sep 9, 2015 at 15:16

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You can use the Create Referenced Mosaic Dataset (10.1 docs) to do what you're requesting. To use a feature class as the filter, include it as the in_template_dataset. You can either clip to the feature or use the feature's extent based on how you set select_using_features:

  • SELECT_USING_FEATURES —The selection is based on the shape of the feature. This is the default.
  • NO_SELECT_USING_FEATURES —The selection is based on the extent of the data within the feature class.
  • Thanks! I just tested it on a time-enable, derived raster mosaic built from 4 years of imagery of the state of Kentucky. Create Referenced Mosaic Dataset successfully isolates the area of interest without showing imagery beyond the extent of the feature polygon. Sep 11, 2015 at 15:58

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