Can I use areal mean pixel value in raster for input to Extract Values to Point tool
I have a dataset consisting of a point vector file (plant leaf area) overlaid and georeferenced to a raster file (soil moisture) that I want to use as inputs to the Extract Values To Point Tool in ArcGIS 10.3. I want to investigate correlation between soil moisture values and plant leaf area.
Is there a way to take the mean raster values of areas (defined by coordinate bounding box or radius circle) whose centerpoints correspond to the locations of the point features, and use those values as the raster input? Comparing the mean value for a given area corresponding with the plant location strikes me as a more robust, and less computationally intensive, approach.
Use the Filter tool in Spatial Analyst to smooth the underlying raster data. Then use the smoothed raster in your Extract Values to Point tool.
For more flexibility you could use the Focal Statistics tool.