I do not have much experience with GIS. Currently, I have two raster files in ArcMap. I will have to derive data from these rasters for over 5000 xy coordinates. Below I described the approach I am currently using. However, it is very time consuming like this. Anyone who knows a better approach?

  • use go to xy tool
  • enter x and y manually
  • use identify tool and click on the xy
  • copy values of both rasters to Excel

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If you have a Spatial Analyst Licence, you can use the Extract Values to Points tool which:

Extracts the cell values of a raster based on a set of point features and records the values in the attribute table of an output feature class.

If your 5000 xy coordinates are not a Feature Layer, you can follow these steps to convert a table (e.g. a csv or Excel file) to a Point Feature Layer.

  • Thanks! Solved it
    – Pauline
    Jan 20, 2020 at 10:22
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