I am trying to find where 2 raster cells values intersect. I have a ground DEM raster and a water elevation raster. I need to find where are values meeting and export the cells. In the graphic below, the red circle is the cell that I want to find and export in ArcGIS 10.5 using raster calculator if possible.

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  • Con(water>=Dem, 1) will give you flood extent raster, convertible to polygon and line if you wish.
    – FelixIP
    Aug 2, 2019 at 21:07
  • Yes that works! Thank you!
    – penguin
    Aug 2, 2019 at 21:16

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You should be able to use the Conditional tool, either standalone or in Raster Calculator. Set your conditional statement so that wherever Mask=Water will be 1, and everywhere else will be 0. Something like this: Con(Water=Mask, 1, 0)

This will produce a binary raster marking the waterline. If you need to know the height of the waterline you could then use this waterline raster as a mask against either of the original layers (Extract by Mask).

For further details on using the Conditional tools you can look at this page on conditional evaluation.

  • I've tried that. This only gave me a mask of area that both rasters are overlapped spatially (which it will be the same extent as the input water raster). It doesn't produce a raster that is showing only water and ground elevations are intersecting or meeting, or maybe I am using the wrong expression?
    – penguin
    Aug 2, 2019 at 20:35
  • Chances are no single cell will be 1.
    – FelixIP
    Aug 2, 2019 at 21:08
  • penguin - Can you provide the exact expression you are using? And as @FelixIP points out, this solution will only pick up cells where water and the DEM are the exact same elevation. It won't pick up someplace where they meet "between" two neighboring cells. Aug 5, 2019 at 14:50

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