Apply mosaic rule to rasters

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Apply mosaic rule to a mosaic dataset of rasters.

Apply mosaic rule to rasters

Use case

An image service can use a mosaic rule to mosaic multiple rasters on-the-fly. A mosaic rule can specify which rasters are selected, and how the selected rasters are z-ordered. It can also specify how overlapping pixels from different rasters at the same location are resolved.

For example, when using the "ByAttribute" mosaic method, the values in an attribute field are used to sort the images, and when using the "Center" method, the image closest to the center of the display is positioned as the top image in the mosaic. Additionally, the mosaic operator allows you to define how to resolve the overlapping cells, such as choosing a blending operation.

Specifying mosaic rules is useful for viewing overlapping rasters. For example, using the "ByAttribute" mosaic method to sort the rasters based on their acquisition date allows the newest image to be on top. Using "Mean" mosaic operation makes the overlapping areas contain the mean cell values from all the overlapping rasters.

How to use the sample

When the rasters are loaded, choose from a list of preset mosaic rules to apply to the rasters.

How it works

  1. Create an ImageServiceRaster using the service's URL.
  2. Create a MosaicRule object and set it to the MosaicRule property of the image service raster, if it does not specify a mosaic rule.
  3. Create a RasterLayer from the image service raster and add it to the map.
  4. Set the MosaicMethod, MosaicOperation, and other properties of the mosaic rule object accordingly to specify the rule on the raster dataset.

Relevant API

  • ImageServiceRaster
  • MosaicMethod
  • MosaicOperation
  • MosaicRule

About the data

This sample uses a raster image service hosted on ArcGIS Online that shows aerial images of Amberg, Germany.

Additional information

For more information, see Understanding the mosaicking rules from ArcGIS Desktop documentation. To learn more about how to define certain mosaic rules, see Mosaic rule objects from ArcGIS for Developers.

Tags

image service, mosaic method, mosaic rule, raster

Sample Code

ApplyMosaicRule.cs
                                                                                                                            
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// Copyright 2021 Esri.
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using Android.App;
using Android.Content;
using Android.OS;
using Android.Views;
using Android.Widget;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Rasters;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.ApplyMosaicRule
{
    [Activity(ConfigurationChanges = Android.Content.PM.ConfigChanges.Orientation | Android.Content.PM.ConfigChanges.ScreenSize)]
    [ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Shared.Attributes.Sample(
        name: "Apply mosaic rule to rasters",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Apply mosaic rule to a mosaic dataset of rasters.",
        instructions: "When the rasters are loaded, choose from a list of preset mosaic rules to apply to the rasters.",
        tags: new[] { "image service", "mosaic method", "mosaic rule", "raster" })]
    public class ApplyMosaicRule : Activity
    {
        // Hold references to the UI controls.
        private MapView _myMapView;
        private Button _rulePickerButton;

        private ImageServiceRaster _imageServiceRaster;

        // Different mosaic rules to use with the image service raster.
        private Dictionary<string, MosaicRule> _mosaicRules = new Dictionary<string, MosaicRule>
        {
            { "None", new MosaicRule { MosaicMethod = MosaicMethod.None} },
            { "Northwest", new MosaicRule { MosaicMethod = MosaicMethod.Northwest, MosaicOperation = MosaicOperation.First} },
            { "Center", new MosaicRule { MosaicMethod = MosaicMethod.Center, MosaicOperation = MosaicOperation.Blend} },
            { "ByAttribute", new MosaicRule { MosaicMethod = MosaicMethod.Attribute, SortField = "OBJECTID"} },
            { "LockRaster", new MosaicRule { MosaicMethod = MosaicMethod.LockRaster, LockRasterIds = { 1, 7, 12 } } },
        };

        protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle)
        {
            base.OnCreate(bundle);

            Title = "Apply mosaic rule to rasters";

            CreateLayout();
            _ = Initialize();
        }

        private async Task Initialize()
        {
            // Create a raster layer using an image service.
            _imageServiceRaster = new ImageServiceRaster(new Uri("https://sampleserver7.arcgisonline.com/server/rest/services/amberg_germany/ImageServer"));
            RasterLayer rasterLayer = new RasterLayer(_imageServiceRaster);
            await rasterLayer.LoadAsync();

            // Create a map with the raster layer.
            _myMapView.Map = new Map(BasemapStyle.ArcGISTopographic);
            _myMapView.Map.OperationalLayers.Add(rasterLayer);
            await _myMapView.SetViewpointAsync(new Viewpoint(rasterLayer.FullExtent));

            // Populate the combo box.
            _imageServiceRaster.MosaicRule = _mosaicRules["None"];
            _rulePickerButton.Text = "Rule: None";
        }

        private void RuleClick(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Create UI for terminal selection.
            AlertDialog.Builder builder = new AlertDialog.Builder(this);
            builder.SetTitle("Choose mosaic rule");
            builder.SetItems(_mosaicRules.Keys.ToList().ToArray(), RuleClick);
            builder.Show();
        }

        private void RuleClick(object sender, DialogClickEventArgs e)
        {
            string ruleName = _mosaicRules.Keys.ToList().ToArray()[e.Which];

            // Change the mosaic rule used for the image service raster.
            _imageServiceRaster.MosaicRule = _mosaicRules[ruleName];
            _rulePickerButton.Text = $"Rule: {ruleName}";
        }

        private void CreateLayout()
        {
            // Create a new vertical layout for the app.
            var layout = new LinearLayout(this) { Orientation = Orientation.Vertical };

            // Create the help label.
            TextView helpLabel = new TextView(this);
            helpLabel.Text = "Choose a mosaic rule to apply to the image service.";
            helpLabel.TextAlignment = TextAlignment.TextStart;
            helpLabel.Gravity = GravityFlags.Center;

            // Add the help label to the layout.
            layout.AddView(helpLabel);

            // Add the rule change button.
            _rulePickerButton = new Button(this);
            layout.AddView(_rulePickerButton);

            // Add the map view to the layout.
            _myMapView = new MapView(this);
            layout.AddView(_myMapView);

            // Show the layout in the app.
            SetContentView(layout);

            // Add an event handler for the map view.
            _rulePickerButton.Click += RuleClick;
        }
    }
}

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