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QGIS: Raster Merging

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Having Georeferenced images is great, but what if you have multiple GeoTiffs covering a large plot of land? Raster Merging makes file management easier by combining a series of GeoTiffs into one!

1. In the QGIS Browser Panel, select the GeoTiffs you want to merge and right click to add them to the main window.

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2. Select Raster > Miscellaneous > Merge

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3. In the Merge dialogue window, for Input files, browse to your directory containing your GeoTiff tiles. Select them all by holding Ctrl + select (Shift + select on a mac). For Output files, name your output file with the specified format of .tif for a georeferenced merged raster. 

4. Select "Creation Options" checkbox, and in the Profile drop down menu, select your compression level. We recommend any form of lossless compression (note: we do NOT recommend jpeg compression for GeoTiff merge export). 

"When we first merged two GeoTiffs of 5.24GB and 8.55GB without any compression, it generated a 24GB file! Use compression to save Hard Disk space." 

 

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5. Select OK, let it do its thing. Merging takes a long time (depends on the size of the project), be patient and trust the process. It took us 2.5 hours to complete are first merge on a late 2013 iMac. 

 

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