Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Spatial join to transfer attributes in ArcGIS
Having uniform attributes can be imperative to ensuring that datasets are compatible with one another. Recently I found a nice quick trick to transferring attributes in ArcGIS without using the "transfer attributes" tool in the Spatial Adjustment toolbar. Simply pick two non-overlapping vector layers and run the Spatial Join tool with the target layer as the layer that does not yet contain the field that you want and the join layer as the layer with the fields that you want. Voila. You end up with all of the fields from the join layer in the target layer, but with empty attributes waiting to be populated.