Introduction to GRASS GIS with terrain analysis examples

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GRASS Terrain Analysis

This exercise was initially created as a session in the Advanced GIS training for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service  (CSP7300)  June, 2015 by Doug Newcomb and updated September 2015 with input from Paul Lang.

Session Objectives:  At the conclusion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Open GRASS GIS and Create a Location from an existing file
  • Link external raster elevation data to the Location
  • Install r.geomorphon addon
  • Create geomorphon layer from dem layer
  • Export raster data layer from GRASS to GeoTiff

Material Created By:  Doug Newcomb (June 2015)

Revision: Doug Newcomb (March 2016)

Software:  GRASS 7.0

Directory Path: D:\CSP7300_Terrain

Imagery: pen_1m_elevation.tif,  island_mask.tif

Elevation data is commonly used in landscape analysis.  The geomorphon addon in GRASS GIS can analyse an elevation raster and classify the surface into common landforms. All data are located in D:\CSP7300_Terrain, unless otherwise noted.

Step 1:  Creating GRASS Location

The first thing to do when starting to work in GRASS is to create a Location.  GRASS Locations are single projection areas with a defined resolution and extent. The initial location can be easily created from an existing data set.

In Windows, Click on Start-->All Programs-->GRASS GIS 7.0--> GRASS GIS 7.0 GUI

Two windows will open, the GRASS startup window ( to select or create a workspace) and the GRASS command prompt.