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Heatmap in QGIS

Heatmap is an interpolation technique useful in determining the density of input features. In this Tutorial Learn, how to create Heatmap in QGIS.

Heatmap Plugin in QGIS

Heatmap plugin is needed to install are you use to QGIS old version. But if used to a new version of QGIS (3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 3.24) is automatically installed and activated Heatmap. In this Tutorial, I used to QGIS the latest version 3.14.

Heatmap plugin is needed to install are you use to QGIS old version. But if used to a new version of QGIS(3.10, 3.12, 3.14) is automatically installed and activated Heatmap. In this tutorial, I used to QGIS the latest version 3.14.

How to install plugin

Click on the Plugin menu and select manage and Install plugins.

plugins

Plugins window appears, Type plugin name (Ex. Heatmap) in the search box, and Install plugin button.

Cteate Heatmap using QGIS

First, load a Basemap layer from the Browser panel.

Select OpenStreetMap layer under XYZ Tiles, Right-click, and select Add Layer to project.

Now you can see add OpenStreetMap in QGIS Map view area, as well as Layer panel.

Now Add Data, click the Open Data Source Manager button. Select Vector, and Browse the Data (Ex. California_Fire stations.shp), and click Add button.

open data source manager

Another Data format Add, like Data, is CSV format. Click the Open Data Source Manager button. Select Delimited Text, and Browse the Data (Ex. California_Fire stations.csv). Automatically generate X (Latitude) and Y(Longitude) field. You can manually select these options.

You will see 2 layers – OpenStreetMap and California_Fire Station in the QGIS Layers panel. Right-click California_Fire station layer and select Zoom to Layer.

add data for heatmap in qgis

The data is quite dense and it is hard to get an idea of where there is a high concentration of Fire stations. This is where a Heatmap visualization will come in handy.

Select the California Fire Station layer and click the Open the Layer Styling panel button. You can also open properties to the Right-click.

layer properties for heatmap in qgis

The data is quite dense and it is hard to get an idea of where there is a high concentration of Fire stations. This is where a Heatmap visualization will come in handy.

Select the California Fire Station layer and click the Open the Layer Styling panel button. You can also open properties to the Right-click.

Now you can see on the right side the Layer properties window appears.

Select Heatmap as the renderer in the dropbox menu. The Layer Styling panel is interactive and you can see the effect of your changes reflected in the Map view immediately.

heatmap properties

The layer will now be displayed in the default grayscale color-ramp. You choose the different types of color-ramp(Ex. Reds).

create heatmap in qgis

The deep reds identify the highest density area of Fire Station.

Now set Radius value, change Opacity(50%), Blending value(Difference) to a better understanding Heatmap.

2 thoughts on “Heatmap – QGIS”

  1. It is very nice content sir <3 and I would like to ask if you have a process in mapping ventilation using ArcGIS? Thnak you so much for your response sir 🙂

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