Spatial Analyst Resources

09-07-2017 05:55 PM
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Last updated: 06/24/2022

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The ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension provides a broad range of powerful spatial modeling and analysis capabilities, like distance analysis, suitability modeling, terrain analysis, surface modeling, surface interpolation, hydrological analysis, and image classification. You can create, query, map, and analyze raster data; derive new information from existing data and perform integrated raster/vector analysis. Listed below are some resources to help you learn more.

Share your questions and awesome analysis stories with us at the Geonet Spatial Analyst Forum— We’d love to hear from you!

What’s New?

  • What’s New for Spatial Analyst in ArcGIS Pro 2.7 (Blog, Video)
  • New Surface Analysis Capabilities in ArcGIS Pro 2.7 (Blog)
  • The new Suitability Modeler: Changing the way suitability models are created (Blog)
  • What’s New for Spatial Analyst in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 (Blog)
  • What’s new in zonal analysis in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 and ArcGIS Image Server 10.8.1 (Blog)
  • GPU processing with Spatial Analyst (Help)
  • What’s New for Spatial Analyst and Raster Analysis in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 (Blog)
  • What’s New in the Spatial Analyst Distance Toolset in Pro 2.5 (Blog)

New to Spatial Analyst? Start here:

  • Getting started with Spatial Analyst (Technical WorkshopHelp)
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Tutorial (Help)
  • Overview of the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Toolbox (Help)
  • Analysis environments and Spatial Analyst (Help)
  • How the analysis window is determined in Spatial Analyst (Help)

Performing analysis with Spatial Analyst 

Suitability modeling

  • The new Suitability Modeler: Changing the way suitability models are created (Blog, Video)
  • Conceptual steps for creating a suitability map (Help)
  • Engaging Citizens in Ocean Conservation: A Suitability Analysis for Coral Reef Ecotourism (Video)
  • Calculate Drone Corridors for Package Delivery (Blog)
  • Use suitability analysis to identify optimum flight corridors (Video)
  • Evaluate Mountain Lion Habitat Suitability with a Raster Function Template (Blog)
  • Build a Model to Connect Mountain Lion Habitat (Learn ArcGIS Lesson)
  • Propose Wildlife Corridors for Key Species (Blog)
  • Finding the Best Locations Using the Suitability Modeling (Technical Workshop)
  • Understanding the suitability modeling workflow (Case Study)
  • Where are the best locations for a golf resort? (Case Study)
  • Finding Optimal Locations: Suitability Modeling in ArcGIS Pro (Training)

Distance analysis

  • Connecting locations with optimal paths (Blog)
  • Determining how distance is encountered by the traveler (Blog)
  • Calculating the distance between locations (Blog)
  • Distance Analysis Simplified (Blog)
  • What’s New in the Spatial Analyst Distance Toolset in Pro 2.5 (Blog)
  • Spatial approaches to determine accessibility (Blog)
  • Creating accumulative cost surfaces using directional data (Blog)
  • Doing more with Euclidean Distance: Barriers and Paths (Blog)
  • Identifying the Best Paths with Cost Distance Analysis (Technical Workshop)
  • Distance Analysis Using ArcGIS (Training), ArcGIS Pro (Training)
  • Understanding cost distance analysis (Case Study)

Multidimensional analysis

  • Multidimensional raster data (Help)
  • Multidimensional Analysis in ArcGIS Pro (Video)

Surface analysis

Hydrological analysis

Image classification

  • ArcGIS Imagery Workflows
  • Spectral Profiles: Improve Classification Before You Click Run (Blog)
  • Introducing the Spectral Index Library in ArcGIS (Blog)
  • Raster Classification with ArcGIS Desktop (Technical Workshop)
  • Finding the Best Paths for Rovers and Humans on Mars (Esri News)
  • Impervious Surface Mapping using Pro 1.4 – Part 1: Georeferencing (Blog)
  • Impervious Surface Mapping Using Pro 1.4 – Part 2: Classification (Blog)
  • Hands-on experience with the Image Classification Wizard ArcGIS Pro 1.3 (Blog)
  • Pass the classification but hold the salt and pepper (Blog)

Python for Analysis

Integrating different workflows together

  • Aloha! A GIS vacation (Case Study)
  • Minimizing the environmental impact of wind farm installation (Case Study)

Extending analytical capability using script tools

  • Supplementary Spatial Analyst Toolbox for ArcGIS 10.x. (BlogDownload)


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About the Author
Sarmistha is a Senior Product Engineer in the raster analysis group at Esri, and works on raster and scientific multidimensional data analysis. Her primary interest is in the application of GIS for environmental and climate change modeling to study changes for conservation and improved decision making. When not making maps, Sarmistha likes to experiment with her cooking skills!