Using surface - slope analysis tool box. All values for the slope calculation are in between 80 and 89. There are no values below 80. What am I doing wrong?

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    – Paul
    Oct 12, 2013 at 19:11
  • I am sorry I did not write details. I am using ArcGIS 10.1. I downloaded all tiles from GTOPO30 and mosaic them into one global DEM raster. When I am trying to perform "slope" analysis I keep getting values between 80-89 nothing different. I have read it could be a "projection" problem but what would be the appropriate one?
    – GCCNY
    Oct 15, 2013 at 18:58

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The problem is not really your projection, but your units. Specifically, you need to change the setting called "Z Factor". I found that 0.000009 worked for me. However, the correct value depends upon what units the vertical and horizontal elements are stored as.

An alternative is to reproject the data into a system (cough, UTM) that uses the same units for horizontal measurement and vertical cell values. Then you can leave Z factor at its default of 1.

Ref: http://www.geo.utexas.edu/courses/371c/labs/Software_Tips/GTOPO30_import.htm


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