Common Tasks

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Mini-tutorials showcasing some common GIS taks

Import/Export and Display

  • Import and display SRTM elevation data
  • Import and display VMap0 Digital Chart of the World
  • GRASS Newsletter, 3, June 2005.
  • If your region crosses the boundaries of a VMap0 block you can use the v.append command, available in the Grass addons section of this wiki, to combine vectors across the edges. It can take quite a while to complete.
  • Import and display ETOPO2 world elevation and bathymetry dataset
  • General raster import and export with / r.out.gdal
  • misc. tips
  • r.out.gdal data types, creation options, new flags
  • General vector import and export with / v.out.ogr
  • misc. tips, shapefile gotchas
  • v.out.ogr data types, dsn, new flags

GIS Tasks

  • Create a DEM from contour lines and trig points
  • Create a DEM from x,y,z point data
  • Create vector contour lines from a raster DEM
    • r.contour

3D Visualization

  • Use NVIZ to render a 3D image
nviz elevation.dem
  • Use NVIZ to make a fly through movie
  • Use Paraview to render a 3D image
    • r.out.vtk, v.out.vtk

Raster operations

  • Create a shaded relief map
    • r.shaded relief
  • drape semi-transparent land use map over shaded relief map
    • d.his

Vector operations

  • Disolve interior lines
    • v.dissolve

Hardcopy and Presention Graphics Creation

  • Create a high quality hardcopy plot
    • Creating PostScript with
    • export to GMT