Friday, October 23, 2015

New dataset - latitude

Both the Climatic Water Deficit Toolbox and the Day Length Toolbox rely on a latitude raster for some of their calculations.  I've had many people ask me where they can get a latitude raster.  Now the answer is if you're working in the western US (WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, NM, AZ, WY, CO, MT, ID, ND, SD, and TX) you can download a raster off of our lab's webpage HERE .

These data are at 1200 m cell size and are in a UTM Zone 12 NAD83 projection.

If you are working outside of this area it is still possible to create your own from lines of latitude.  First, remove the lines of longitude.  Then covert the line vertices to points taking care to ensure that the points are somewhat distributed.  Finally, a second order trend analysis in Spatial Analyst should do the trick.

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