i am very new to qgis. I want to create a hillshade file and also calculate the inclination.

The structure of the digital elevation model data looks like this:

5390.0125 5659.9875 251.8
5390.0125 5659.9625 250.6
5390.0125 5659.9375 247.5
5390.0125 5659.9125 240.6
5390.0125 5659.8875 236.1
5390.0125 5659.8625 234.8
5390.0125 5659.8375 235.6

The file format is *.dat. The coordinate system is Gauss Krüger, Bessel, 5. meridian.

I have no idea how to import the data in qgis.


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You need to import it as a CSV file.

Since you're new to GIS, I suggest you follow this tutorial: Importing Spreadsheets.

  • Thank you. I hope the coordinate system of Gauss Krueger is also taken into account there.
    – yPennylane
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 19:10
  • Hold on, you do know how to choose a coordinate system is QGIS, right?
    – sig_renato
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 19:13
  • Maybe start by finding the EPSG code. Gauss Krüger sounds like a projected co-ordinate system, it rings the transverse Mercator map projection bell on me. Since that's german data, consider checking the german surveying authority website, they should have the info you need.
    – sig_renato
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 19:31

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