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This tutorial is an addendum to the introductory GIS Practicum; it focuses on working with raster data in QGIS with an emphasis on elevation models and includes: downloading, tiling, and warping (re-projecting) DEMs and DRGs and creating hillshades and contour lines.

Anyone is welcome to use this tutorial for personal or classroom use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. However, you may not copy and re-host this material on another website.

Working with Raster Data in QGIS

2nd edition (Dec 2015)

1st edition (June 2014)



The 2nd edition of the tutorial was updated for QGIS version 2.8 (Wien). It contains the same material from the 1st edition, plus a new chapter on clipping a raster using a vector file. The 1st edition was written for QGIS version 2.4 (Chugiak); instructions for both editions should work in all 2.x versions of QGIS. The most recent version of the software can be downloaded from the The QGIS website.

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