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The RMRS Raster Utility: Tools for spatial and statistical analysis in GIS

Status: 
Action
Dates: 
December, 2012

A schematic of a regression based analysis
A schematic of a regression based analysis relating field plot data to remote sensing imagery and associated texture metrics and principal components.
The RMRS Raster Utility is an object oriented coding library that facilitates a wide range of spatial and statistical analyses using novel statistical methods in a newly developed Function Modeling framework. 

Raster modeling is an integral component of spatial analysis. However, conventional raster modeling techniques can require a substantial amount of processing time and storage space and have limited types of statistical and machine learning algorithms. To address this issue, we developed a new modeling framework using C# and ArcObjects and integrated that framework with .Net numeric libraries to streamline the raster modeling process and facilitate predictive modeling and statistical inference. Our findings indicate that our modeling framework, Function Modeling, significantly reduces processing time and storage space associated with spatial analysis. This work includes:

  1. New tools for spatial and statistical analysis

  2. Readily available, easy to use, free, GIS software add-in

  3. Website describing software functionality and applications

  4. Code repository for others to integrate into their work

  5. Tu​torials and sample analyses

. A sample probabilistic output mapping aspen
A sample probabilistic output mapping aspen for a study area in Colorado.

Publications

Hogland, John ; Anderson, Nathaniel (Nate) ; Chung, Woodam ; Wells, Lucas , 2014
Hogland, John ; Anderson, Nathaniel (Nate) , 2014
Miller, Sue ; Essen, Maureen ; Anderson, Nathaniel (Nate) ; Chung, Woody ; Elliot, William J. ; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S. ; Han, Han-Sup ; Hogland, John ; Keyes, Christopher R. , 2014
Hogland, John ; Anderson, Nathaniel (Nate) ; Jones, J .Greg , 2013

Other

RMRS Raster Utility web page : http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/raster-utility/  
RMRS Raster Utility project management page : https://collab.firelab.org/software/projects/rmrsraster



Project Contact: 

Principal Investigators:
Funding Contributors:
National Fire Plan-USDA
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
RMRS Science Application and Communication Program