I'm using ArcMap 10.1.

I have a NetCDF file containing the latitude, longitude and porosity for the entire US. I am trying to add another value (wilting point) which depends on the porosity.

I wanted to extract the netcdf to a table, add a new field and then use the field calculator to to fill the values on the new field. But when I import it, I only get one set of values on the table.

I tried approaching it the other way: extracting the NetCDF to raster (which works fine) and extracting the values from the raster using "build raster attribute table" but i get an error message saying "Only single band integer raster dataset is a valid input". it doesn't make sense as the raster is a single band raster (I double checked the properties> number of bands of the raster). HOw can I build a table containing all the entries in the NetCDF file?

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If you have a single band raster, then the problem comes from the other constraint : integer type. Your porosity value is probably float.

To solve your problem, you need to build a new raster dataset using "map algebra" (assuming you have the spatial analyst extension). Another solution is to reclassify your raster so that you can build an attribute table, but I recommend the first solution.

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    Hi, thank you for writing. What exactly should I be doing in map algebra?
    – user23960
    Feb 16, 2014 at 17:15

I found this problem occuring mainly when handling raster data with floating point data. The straight forward approach (in the ArcMap Toolbox' sense of way):

  1. ArcToolbox > Spatial Analyst Tools > Map Algebra > Raster Calculator

    Multiply your raster by 1*X with X corresponding the maximum decimal places contained. The new raster should now be free of digits, although still being a floating pixel value raster.

  2. ArcToolbox > Data Management Tools > Raster > Raster Dataset > Copy Raster

    In the Pixel Value drop-down menu select the Pixel Type suiting your data.

  3. Now that you have a non-float raster (and ArcMap surely loves these) create an attribute table:

    ArcToolbox > Data Management Tools > Raster > Raster Properties > Build Raster Attribute Table

  4. Open the attribute table, add a field and use Field Calculator to get your old pixel values back - by calculating "Your Value= 1 / 1*X"


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