I have numerous individual 10m Raster files (with both quantitative and qualitative data) for each state and need to combine them into a national dataset.

However, when using a mosaic it seems that the attributes are not kept. I need to keep the attributes that I've already joined so I can conduct further analyses.

Is there an alternative to mosaic, sort of like the merge or append tools for polygons?

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    for arcgis use a mosaic dataset Oct 28, 2015 at 18:58
  • I've tried that, and it didn't seem to include any of the data. In fact, it looked just like the mosaic result. Oct 28, 2015 at 19:24
  • mosaic datasets (MDs) have attribute tables, so you should be able to keep all the input attributes from all your input rasters, and use the MD mosaic methods to get the proper looking image... this isn't a 'mosaic', which just burns rasters into one - a mosaic dataset keeps them all separate but mosaics on the fly for the client... Oct 28, 2015 at 19:27
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    Might want to try GeoNet - you might need to do some post-loading joins on the data... Oct 28, 2015 at 19:56
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    So I've done some more digging and found that using the "Build Attribute Table" tool cannot be used on rasters that are 32bit floating point. Is that the same with mosaic datasets? Are they not able to use the attribute table of a 32bit floating raster? Oct 30, 2015 at 18:17

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Seems like this kind of functionality is not available with ArcGIS (both MAP and PRO) anymore. Even with mosaic dataset the integer as datatype, the extra fields of the original raster was dropped.

  • Thanks. I guess the only other option would be to redo everything. I could mosaic the rasters and keep the unique identifier, and combine all the tables into one. Then I could join the national dataset to the one table... but that seems like a lot of unnecessary work. Perhaps I will look into other options like python or R. Thanks. Apr 3, 2017 at 13:08
  • What makes you think that this functionality was present once and since deprecated?
    – PolyGeo
    Apr 17, 2017 at 5:59
  • I know this because I had the arcpy script that was working fine in the older version of ArcMap. Upon updating I started getting an error because the extra attribute column that my script relied on was no more retained. Later I applied several approaches, including using the mosaic dataset approach, even changing the data types. None of the approach helped retain the attribute table upon mosaicking.
    – bny
    Apr 19, 2017 at 6:39

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