Elevation can help with 3D visualizations by creating relief in your 3D scene. Elevation surfaces define height values across the extent of a map or scene. Other layers are usually draped on top of the elevation. In most cases, data for an elevation layer comes from an elevation service. Currently, tiled elevation layers are supported in the LERC format.
The following types of source URLs can be used to add an elevation layer and create relief in your ArcGIS Map:
- Item page URL
- Elevation service URL
Elevation tiles can also access data from LERC encoded tile packages stored locally.
A tile package is a single .tpk (or .tpkx) file containing tiles, and you can share the file as you would with any file. Compared with .tpk files, .tpkx files provide better performance on network shares and cloud store directories. The spatial reference of the elevation should match with the basemap and image tile layers. See Spatial references for more information about coordinate systems.
When you have multiple elevation sources, the last item added to the collection takes precedence and is displayed topmost in the Modes Panel UI.
The Terrain 3D from ArcGIS Online and its spatial reference is Web Mercator (Auxiliary Sphere).
To use the default elevation source, click the Elevation tab, and select Terrain 3D.
To use custom elevation sources:
- Click + Add New at the bottom right in the Elevation panel to open the pop-up window.
- Enter the online service URL for the elevation service or a local file package path in the Source field.
- Enter the name of the source in the Name field.
- Click Add.
- Find the newly added elevation source in the Elevation panel.
- To use a
.tpkxfile package as an elevation source, use the absolute file path for the Source.
- To change the elevation source order, click ⋮ and select Move up or Move down.
- The elevation source at the top of the list has the highest priority.
- To change an additional elevation source name, click ⋮ and select Rename.
- To zoom the Scene view camera to the extent of an additional elevation source, click ⋮ and select Zoom To.
- To delete an additional elevation source, click ⋮ and select Delete.
- To disable elevation, uncheck Enable All.
- To use a privately hosted elevation layer, select the matching configuration from the Authentication drop-down list in the Add New Elevation Layer pop-up window. For more information about using private content, see ArcGIS identity.
- Click the ArcGIS Map Actor in the Outliner panel.
- Expand the Elevation section in the Details panel.
- Click the + icon in the Elevation Sources row to add new array element.
- Expand the newly added item row.
- Enter a name for the elevation source by replacing
New Elevation Source.
- Enter the online service URL for the elevation service or a local file package path in the Elevation Source field.
- Check the Is Enabled checkbox.
To use a privately hosted elevation layer, select the matching configuration from the Authentication drop-down list. For more information about using private content, see ArcGIS identity.
- To change the elevation source priority order, drag it to a new order position.
- The elevation source at the bottom of the list has the highest priority.
- To change an elevation source name, enter a new name in the Name field.
- To replace an elevation source URL or file path, enter a new value in the Source field.
- To hide an elevation source, uncheck the Is Enabled checkbox.
- To set an elevation source, go to ArcGIS Maps SDK > ArcGIS Image Elevation Source, select the Create ArcGIS Image Elevation Source or Create ArcGIS Image Elevation Source with Name node, and set the elevation layer URL or local file package path in the source field.
- To create an elevation with a single source, use node ArcGIS Maps SDK > ArcGIS Map Elevation, and select Create ArcGIS Map Elevation with Elevation Source.
- Use the Set Elevation node to set the elevation with a single elevation source for the ArcGIS Map.
- To use multiple elevation sources, go to ArcGIS Maps SDK > ArcGIS Elevation Source Collection, and use Create ArcGIS Elevation Source Collection and Add node to register each elevation source to Elevation Source Collection.
- To create an elevation with multiple elevation sources, use Get Elevation node to set them for the ArcGIS Map and Set Elevation Sources to use registered elevation sources.
- Connect API key variable to the API Key pin.
ArcGISImage for the tiled elevation layer.
To set one elevation source, set the elevation directly to set elevation with
ArcGISMap. To use multiple elevation sources, register each elevation source to
To disable an elevation source:
To remove an elevation source:
You can find the sample code to set elevation with an elevation layer service URL by using in the SampleAPIMapCreator.cpp file. The sample script file is in:
Refer to FAQ for troubleshooting data loading issues.