Spatial Analyst Resources

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.

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Performing analysis with Spatial Analyst 

Suitability modeling

Distance analysis

Surface interpolation

Hydrological analysis

Image classification

Python for Analysis

Integrating different workflows together

Extending analytical capability using script tools


Readily Available Data

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Suggested Books

Harder, C. (2015). The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World. Esri Press.

Mitchell, A. (2012). The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis Volume 3; Modeling Suitability Movement and Interaction. Esri Press.

Last updated: 03/12/2020

About the authors

Sarmistha is a geographer and a product engineer in the raster analysis group at Esri, and works on raster and scientific multidimensional data analysis. Sarmistha completed her Doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Delaware before joining Esri. Prior to that, she has worked at the Stroud Water Research Center, Kansas State University and Delhi School of Economics researching on fluvial geomorphology, water resources and spatial modeling. For any questions on raster analysis and scientific multidimensional data she can be reached at


Juan is a Product Engineer and Documentation Lead on the Spatial Analyst team. He has been working with raster analysis using Esri software since the good old days of ARC/INFO Workstation on UNIX machines.

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