I am trying to simulate Natural flood management in a river catchment, particularly the role of log jams/LWD in the channel. I have created polylines where I want to put my log structures and given them a value field, in meters. I then buffered these polylines and converted them to raster.
What I want to do is add these log jam rasters into the DEM, so they simulate structures in the channel. I have read around the best way to do this and have found two possible methods, but I am unsure if they have worked.
- Mosaic to new Raster
- My issue with this is that the DEM ranges from 5m to 238m, so I am wondering whether the mosaic tool changes a value from, for example 138m, to 1.5m, instead of adding this on. Or am I overthinking it?
Method 2 - Raster calculator using the following equation: con(IsNull("New_DEM"),"Existing_DEM",("New_DEM"+"Existing_DEM"))
- This layer now has a very low minimum value, and I am wondering if the same concerns as the Mosaic to new Raster are happening.