Slope Calculation Problem

Discussion created by douende on Feb 11, 2011
Latest reply on Apr 30, 2013 by blairstuart

I am having problems simply calculating % slope from a USGSDEM. Even though it had a GCS_North_American_1983 projection, I defined its projection to be that as well after reading some posts on the same issue. The resultant slopes have values into the millions. I then tried to project the DEM into UTM to ensure the units would be in meters. This caused an error. Under the spatial reference in the DEM, the "Linear Units" are blank. This is why I think the project to UTM failed as it does not have linear units defined. Anyone have any ideas? This should have been a simple task but has been troublesome. I guess I am asking, why would the slope % be in the millions? Or any ideas on why the project to UTM failed? Or how to define linear units?

Thanks for any help