I have three rasters of soil granulometric fractions (clay, sand and silt), all in %. I want to make a single raster of the soil texture classes. For that, I need to make some conditionals (i. e.: when sand > 90 and clay < 10, so the class in the new raster must have the value 1).

Any suggestion? I'm using Arcgis 10.6.

  • Do they have the same extent and resolution? – BERA Feb 15 '19 at 12:55
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    Did you take a look at the raster calculator of arcgis ? – nmatton Feb 15 '19 at 12:58
  • @BERA yes. All the rasters hava the same resolution. – Diêgo Araújo Feb 15 '19 at 13:00

Try converting your rasters to numpy arrays, build a classifying function and convert resulting Array back to raster. (This way you dont need Spatial Analyst extension)

Example with two random rasters with values from 0-1. Modify the function etc:

import numpy as np
import arcpy

raster1 = "randraster_1" #Change
raster2 = "randraster_2" #Change
output_raster = r'C:\Default.gdb\resultraster123' #Change

arr1 = arcpy.RasterToNumPyArray(raster1)
arr2 = arcpy.RasterToNumPyArray(raster2)

def whatsoil(a,b):
    if a>b:
        return 1
    elif a<b:
        return 2
        return 3
vwhatsoil = np.vectorize(whatsoil)

arr3 = vwhatsoil(arr1, arr2)

desc = arcpy.Describe(raster1+r'/Band_1')
arcpy.env.outputCoordinateSystem = desc.spatialReference

resultraster = arcpy.NumPyArrayToRaster(in_array=arr3, lower_left_corner=desc.extent.lowerLeft, x_cell_size=desc.meanCellHeight, y_cell_size=desc.meanCellWidth)

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  • if you're using numpy, you'll likely get much better performance with numpy.where over your whatsoil function – Paul H Feb 15 '19 at 17:59
  • Ok! I did not know how to do it with 3 input arrays and many if elses so i used a function instead – BERA Feb 15 '19 at 18:01
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    You should be able to numpy.where(a > b, 1, numpy.where(a < b, 2, 3)). numpy.select works in this case too. – Paul H Feb 15 '19 at 23:13

you can also use the raster calculator, but it quickly creates long statement

Map algebra > raster calculator, for example :

Con(("sand" > 90) and ("clay" <10 ), 1, Con(("silt">50) and ("clay"<30),2,3)

The syntax is Con (condition, value if true, value if false)

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