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This tutorial is an addendum to extension of the introductory GIS Practicum; it focuses on the fundamentals of 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 linesretrieving raster data and metadata, using the raster calculator, clipping, extracting statistics, converting rasters to vectors, and styling. The examples use temperature and land use and land cover data for NYC.

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Working with Fundamentals of Raster Data Analysis in QGIS 2nd edition (Dec 20153.4

For QGIS 3.4 (May 2019)

1st edition (June 2014)

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The 2nd This edition of the tutorial was updated written 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 3.4 Madeira, which is currently the long term release of QGIS. The LTR and latest releases can be downloaded from the The QGIS website.