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Creates raster plane map given dip (inclination), aspect (azimuth) and one point.


raster, elevation


r.plane --help
r.plane output=name dip=float azimuth=float easting=float northing=float elevation=float  [type=string]   [--overwrite]  [--help]  [--verbose]  [--quiet]  [--ui]



Allow output files to overwrite existing files


Print usage summary


Verbose module output


Quiet module output


Force launching GUI dialog


output=name [required]

Name for output raster map

dip=float [required]

Dip of plane in degrees
Default: 0.0

azimuth=float [required]

Azimuth of the plane in degrees
Default: 0.0

easting=float [required]

Easting coordinate of a point on the plane

northing=float [required]

Northing coordinate of a point on the plane

elevation=float [required]

Elevation coordinate of a point on the plane


Type of raster map to be created
Storage type for resultant raster map
Default: FCELL
CELL: Integer
FCELL: Single precision floating point
DCELL: Double precision floating point


r.plane creates a tilted plane raster map given user-specified parameters for inclination, azimuth, and the geographic location of a point on the plane.
The angle orientations of the azimuth parameter increase counter-clockwise, i.e., 0 degree = N, 45 degree = NW, 90 degree = W etc.

Increasing values of the dip parameter progressively lower (or dip) the northern half of the plane, and incline the southern half, assuming the azimuth parameter is held constant at 0 degrees.


g.region -c provides the easting and northing coordinates for the center of the current region.

CELL (integer) maps take less disk space than FCELLs (floating point), which in turn take up less space than DCELLs (double precision floating point).


A tilted plane in the North Carolina sample dataset region:

# set computational region
g.region raster=elev_lid792_1m -p
# get center coordinates as an example
g.region -c
# get terrain height at point
r.what map=elev_lid792_1m coordinates=638650.0,220375.0
# shows elevation: 116.7734
# generate tilted plane
r.plane myplane30 dip=30 az=75 east=638650.0 north=220375.0 \
        elev=116.7734 type=FCELL

Figure: Tilted plane shown in NVIZ along with elevation map


Stefan Jäger (1994), University of Heidelberg during a stay at USGS
Updated to GRASS 5.7 by Michael Barton, Arizona State University
Full rewrite for GRASS 7 by Glynn Clements

Source Code

Available at: r.plane source code (history)

Accessed: Tuesday May 14 13:42:01 2024

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