I want to overlay two global raster datasets on land use which use different coordinate systems (MODIS-Sphere & WGS84) using ArcGIS Desktop. There seems to be no direct transformation option from MODIS-Sphere to WGS84. It seems to me that I would have to use a custom transformation. However, for that I would need some sort of transformations dialogue/script which I don't have. Or am I missing something?!

Does anyone have any idea on which steps to take?

The dataset I want to transform is http://urban.yale.edu/sites/default/files/data/setoguneralphutyra_uf.zip

Format: ESRI GRID Projection: Goode's Homolosine Equal-Area Projection Geographic Coordinate System: MODIS-Sphere

I want to transform this dataset so that it matches the other one (which uses GCS_WGS_1984 as spatial reference and D_WGS_1984 as datum)


There is a MODIS Reprojection Tool available from the USGS here:


You'll need to create an account to download it, but the registration seems painless.

  • The data I have is in ESRI Grid Format. The Reprojection tool needs input in .hdr or .hdf format. I added some additional information above. Unfortunately the HEG Tool is not working. – Chris Bren Jun 23 '15 at 15:27

use Heg tools. You can save to tif and reproject to geographic coordinates. Also you can use batch.

  • Unfortunately the Heg Tool is not working on my computer. For whatever reason. I added some more information on my problem, do you have any other suggestion? Thank you! – Chris Bren Jun 23 '15 at 16:46
  • Try GDAL or ModisDownload (r-gis.net/?q=ModisDownload)in r. Add a snapshot of the HegTool´s problem. – Pau Jun 23 '15 at 17:48
  • Thank you! Regarding Hegtool I contacted their Tec Support. I added the link to the dataset I'm working with in the question. – Chris Bren Jun 24 '15 at 12:39

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