Sample raster values at point location in QGIS – yet another way

A while back I wrote how one can sample raster values at point locations in QGIS using the Saga function ‘Add grid values to point’, which is available in the processing toolbox. Recently it was reported here that values uploaded from a floating raster layer are rounded up to an integer. I tried it myself in Saga, and it seems to work fine for me. But if you are running in problems with a function, it is good to remember that in QGIS you have have access to many libraries from multiple software tools. This means there are often more than one way to get things done.

And indeed, the processing toolbox offers another tool to sample raster values at point location; the GRASS GIS v.what.rast.points function. In this post I describe how to use this tool directly in GRASS, but you can use the tool in QGIS as well, as illustrated below. Continue reading “Sample raster values at point location in QGIS – yet another way”


GRASS GIS 7.0.3 RC1 is out

The first release candidate of GRASS GIS 7.0.3 is out. This version includes 160 stability fixes and manual improvements, and perhaps most exciting for many GRASS GIS users on Windows, there is now winGRASS 64 bit support! For details about what is new, and for the download links, go to


GRASS GIS addon to create smoothed legend image

I just uploaded a small addon for GRASS GIS, r.out.legend, with which you can quickly create a smoothed legend image for floating point raster maps (continuous values as opposed to categories).

You just select the raster layer, the dimensions and resolution required and the name of the output image. Other options are to change the font and font size and the image type (PNG, BMP, PDF and SVG).

Example of an output of the r.out.legend addon

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Finding open data for the Netherlands

Open data is  becoming increasingly important and there are considerable advantages, such as accountability, cost and time savings for users, easier knowledge sharing and increased efficiency in public services.

The importance of open data is more and more recognized (see e.g., this blog article (in Dutch) and this and this report). However, to bank on such advantages, there is a need to increase awareness about open data and make it easy to find and use the open data.  Continue reading “Finding open data for the Netherlands”

GRASS GIS 7.0.2 released

For those who haven’t seen it yet, GRASS GIS 7.0.2 has been released! See here for the announcement and here for a detailed overview of all the changes (over 190 of stability fixes and improvements since GRASS GIS 7.01).

For those still using GRASS GIS 6.4, GRASS GIS 7 offers a strongly improved interface, a considerable increases in speed and efficiency, support for huge files, and a long list of new modules to analyse raster and vector data, including a full temporal framework. Also important, as a stable release series, 7.0.x enjoys long-term support.

As usual, a great thanks to the developers!

Importing GLCF MODIS woody plant cover

The data set

The Global Land Cover Facility offers, amongst many other data sets, the MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields data set for download. These are layers that contain proportional estimates for vegetative cover types (woody vegetation, herbaceous vegetation, and bare ground). As such they are very suitable depict areas of heterogeneous land cover.

Their MODIS products differ from DAAC editions by coming in GeoTIFF format, geographic coordinates, WGS84 datum, and a tiling system designed to fit well with Landsat imagery. Currently the collection 5 is available, which contains proportional estimates for woody cover vegetation for the years 2000 to 2010. It can be downloaded as tiles (195 in total) via a ftp server.

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