A cut-and-fill operation is a procedure in which the elevation of a landform surface is modified by the removal or addition of surface material.
The Cut Fill tool summarizes the areas and volumes of change from a cut-and-fill operation. By taking surfaces of a given location at two different time periods, it identifies regions of surface material removal, surface material addition, and areas where the surface has not changed.
Identify regions of sediment erosion and deposition in a river valley.
Identify areas that become frequently inundated with surface material during a mudslide in a study to locate safe areas of stable land for building homes.