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Smoothing DEM Edges for Two different dates and resolutions

Question asked by Rlnasral on Jun 4, 2018
Latest reply on Jun 4, 2018 by slynch-esristaff

Hello All, 
I have a bit of sticky problem and was hoping someone might be able to provide some guidance towards a solution. 


The Problem:
I have two DEM Rasters stored in a GDB. One is from 2018 and is approx 0.762 meter x 0.762 cell size, well call it Raster A (fig.1). The other is from 2009 and is approximately 10 meter x 10 meter cell size, well call it Raster B (fig. 1). Raster A is the Topography of a barrier island, while Raster B is the bathymetry surrounding it. My Issue lies in that between the two dates there has been significant erosion of the beach profile so that there is a pretty steep discontinuity between my high-resolution, current data and my older, low-resolution data (fig. 2, fig. 3). 


Raster A and Raster B

Figure 1

Discontinuity between rasters

Figure 2

Graph of the discontinuity

Figure 3: Ideally the slope would look something like the red line drawn.


The Goal:
I need to figure out a way to determine a method which appropriately smooths between the Raster A and Raster B so that the discontinuity is no longer present along the entire coastline (approx. 22 kilometers). Some areas of the coastline exhibit  a wider discontinuity than others. 

Possible Solutions:

At the moment my only solution is to delete a slice of Raster B around Raster A and then interpolate between the two rasters. I will likely have to make this slice wide enough to encompass all the discontinuous areas. In Figure 4 you can see the first attempt at creating a buffer zone covers the lower section well enough, but not the upper section. 

Example of buffer zone

Figure 4: The boundary to the left is the end of the high-res DEM (Raster A). Everything right of that line is Raster B.

I appreciate any and all suggestions!