I'm a bit new at this. I have a DEM map (.tif) of an area in QGIS. I know that I can transform it to a text file (.asc) with raster -> translate.

However, what I need is only a certain cross-section of the area. So I want to choose a straight line, with specific coordinates, and get an .asc file containing the data of only the points along this line.

  • I think what you need is a keyword "profile" to search within this GIS SE. With the same keyword you can find nice plugins at Plugins Repository, too.
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 19:38

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As the comment above mentions, there is a Profile Tool plugin available in QGIS, which allows you to plot a line across a raster (in this case DTM). See below to install the plugin:

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It will return a graph of the terrain profile as well as a Table with the elevation values along that line (which you can copy to a clipboard including the coordinates) and then paste to a text file. See example below:

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You can also export the corresponding graph to a PDF or PNG:

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