I have two raster layers. One layer contains the data of the first day a pixel experiences degrees Celsius above a certain threshold. The other layer contains hotspots in Iceland. These hotspots always meet this threshold condition so they skew the data in the first layer.

Therefore, I would like to set the pixels in layer 1 to 0, if they are equal overlap with the hotspots in layer 2.

I tried using the raster calculator in QGIS:

"layer1@1" * ("layer2@1" * 0)

But this gives me a map only consisting of 0's. I would like to only set the values within the raster pixels of layer 2 to 0 in layer 1.

How can I do that with the raster calculator?

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    Just to clarify, do you want to delete the pixels (set to NoData) or set them to 0?
    – Matt
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 16:17
  • Yes, I would like to set them to 0 in layer 1, sorry.
    – Thomas
    Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 7:08

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While Raster Calculator does not explicitly implement IF/THEN control statements, you can use a workaround like this:

("layer2@1" = 0) * "layer1@1"

where ("layer2@1" = 0) can be either 0 or 1. It then gets multiplied by the value of layer1@1.

Maybe I am not quite clear about the exact logic you are trying to accomplish (i.e how you want layer1 and/or layer2 to behave), but the idea should be applicable.

Another interpretation of your question/need could be solved with just:

("layer2@1" = "layer1@1") * 0

which sets the pixel to 0 if layer1@1 has the same value as layer2@1.

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    That's what I was going to respond, so I suppose this is the way to do. By the way, @Thomas: You used two multiplications, where one of the three multipliers is a 0 - that of course always returns 0.
    – Babel
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 16:23
  • Correct: thanks for pointing out the reason why the result was 0 everywhere. Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 16:24

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