Summarise thematic raster by zone

Idea created by ermintrude75 on Jul 19, 2012
    • jcbrewster
    • ermintrude75
    This has been requested several times by ecology students I work with. They typically have a land cover raster, and a layer of polygon features representing areas of interest. They wish to generate a table of land cover class totals for each area of interest. It's conceptually similar to Zonal Statistics but for thematic rasters, e.g.:

    Area_ID     LC1_count     LC2_count     ...
    1                  543                  733
    2                  344                  802

    It can be done via Python/ModelBuilder, but would be very useful to have "out of the box".