.CDEM File

.cdem is Canadian Digital Elevation Model File

Feature Description
File Extension .CDEM
Type Raster Data File
Content Elevation Data in Grid Format
Primary Use Geospatial Applications such as Mapping, Navigation, and Terrain Analysis
Programs That Open .CDEM GIS Software like GDAL, QGIS
Where to Find Government and Educational Institution Websites, Geospatial Data Databases
Conversion Exportable to various formats via GIS applications
Common Issues Software Incompatibility, File Corruption, Incorrect File Associations

What is a .CDEM file?

A .CDEM file is associated with the Canadian Digital Elevation Model. It is a raster file format that stores elevation data in a grid format and is used for a variety of geospatial applications, including mapping, navigation, and terrain analysis. This file format is essential for professionals in geography, urban planning, environmental science, and other related fields.

CDEM files are typically created using photogrammetry or lidar. Photogrammetry is the process of creating a 3D model of an object or surface from multiple photographs. Lidar is a remote sensing technology that uses lasers to measure the distance to objects.

Once a .CDEM file has been created, it can be used in a variety of software applications. Some popular software applications that support .CDEM files include:

  • ArcGIS
  • QGIS
  • Global Mapper
  • CompeGPS Land
  • Blender

.CDEM files can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Creating topographic maps
  • Planning hiking and biking trails
  • Designing roads and bridges
  • Assessing flood risk
  • Modeling climate change impacts

.CDEM files are a valuable resource for anyone who works with geospatial data. They provide a high-resolution and accurate representation of the Earth's surface, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

How to open a .CDEM file?

To open a .CDEM file, you will need specific GIS (Geographic Information System) software that can interpret and display elevation data. Programs such as GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library), QGIS, or other compatible mapping software can be used to open and work with CDEM files.

After installing the appropriate software, you can usually open the file by selecting it from within the program's menu, or by right-clicking on the file and choosing the GIS application.

Where can I find .CDEM files?

.CDEM files are often available through government or educational institution websites, especially those that pertain to geospatial data and resources in Canada. They can also be found in databases that host topographical and elevation datasets for use in scientific research and environmental studies.

How to convert a .CDEM file to another file format?

To convert a .CDEM file to another file format, such as GeoTIFF or ASCII Grid, you can use GIS software (such as GDAL, QGIS) that allows for data conversion.

Typically, this is done by opening the .CDEM file in the program and then using the program's export or "Save As" functionality to select a different format for the data output.

How to fix common problems with .CDEM files?

If you encounter issues with .CDEM files, consider the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Software Compatibility: Ensure you're using GIS software that supports .CDEM files. If your program is out of date, update it to the latest version.
  • File Integrity: Check that the .CDEM file is not corrupted. If it won't open, try downloading the file again from the original source.


Geospatial applications

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