I have a set of rasters in DTED format which I load into PostGIS database using raster2pgsql command line tool.

Each of rasters is simply stored in a row and described by rid and a value of raster format.

Now, I want to create a database function which takes longitude and latitude of a point and returns a value of pixel corresponding to this point.

The problem I have is that it takes quite a lot of time to do that (3-4 secs) because the database works on Odroid board.

I know that the dataset I process is quite big (the rasters cover the whole UK area) but as I am not very familiar with PostgreSQL and PostGIS I suspect it can be done faster.

This is what I've done so far:

SELECT ST_Value(rast, ST_GeomFromText(CONCAT('POINT(', $1, ' ', $2, ')'), 4326))
    SELECT * FROM rasters
    WHERE rast && ST_GeomFromText(CONCAT('POINT(', $1, ' ', $2, ')'), 4326)
) x;

$1 and $2 are long and lat respectively.

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    Did you cut the raster into tiles when you import to postgis? (parameter -t width x height)? – mutolisp Oct 16 '14 at 15:02
  • Yes, I did. It improved a performance a little bit. I should probably also add that the database is on Odroid board, therefore it works significantly slower than on Desktop PC. I was just wondering if I can change somehow the approach to rasters processing so it does less unnecessary computations. For example initially, I was calling the ST_Value function on all of the rasters and then I would look for the row which actually contains some value. It was the simplest approach but worked much slower. – zedsdead Oct 16 '14 at 15:51
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    Using ST_SetSRID(ST_MakePoint($1, $2),4326) in lieu of string concats might save you some time if there are enough iterations. – Scro Oct 16 '14 at 15:51
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    It does not seem to help a lot but thank you. I was thinking about adding another column when table is created that would contain simply a bounding box for a single raster. Maybe this way a right raster could be found faster... Also, I was wondering if pre-calculation of the pixel position in the raster based on the corner coordinates and pixel step in lon/lat might help... If anyone has any thoughts on that I will be grateful for sharing them :) – zedsdead Oct 16 '14 at 16:02
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    Maybe you could try to use “explain” to check where the bottle neck is. – mutolisp Oct 16 '14 at 16:54

You could try this :

--calculate and store geom point just One time
WITH point_geom AS 
    SELECT ST_setsrid(ST_GeomFromText('POINT('|| $1 || ' '|| $2 || ')'), 4326) as geom
-- Your subquery is maybe useless , alias "x" isn't used
SELECT ST_Value( rast, point_geom.geom )
FROM rasters
WHERE rast && point_geom.geom;

But the real problem is raster queriing ; tiling the dataset should speed up queries. You can try to use PostGIS WKT Raster and follow this tutorial.

I Hope it will be usefull,

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