How to make a raster with values that are the sum of all points inside each raster cell?

The burn value is a specific attribute.

Using gdal_rasterize or gdal.RasterizeLayer(), the resulting raster only has the value of a random (or probably the first or last) point inside a raster cell. I’ve already tried gdal_rasterize option ALL_TOUCHED, but it does not change the behaviour.

  • How do you expect or require multiple values in a single cell to be aggregated? Sum, mean, first ,last, etc...In the end, multiple points will have to be converted to a single value, as you are seeing. Oct 26, 2015 at 10:49
  • Raster value should be the sum of the attributes of the points falling inside the raster cell. Oct 26, 2015 at 11:01
  • Oh you did specify that, I read that sentence a few times and still didn't see it...sorry! Oct 26, 2015 at 11:02
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    Try setting the rasterize option MERGE_ALG=ADD.
    – user10353
    Oct 27, 2015 at 15:28

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Adding 'MERGE_ALG=ADD' to the list of options to gdal.RasterizeLayer() did the trick, thanks to kyle. An example:

gdal.RasterizeLayer(target_ds, [1], src_layer, options = ['MERGE_ALG=ADD'])

This is documented in http://www.gdal.org/gdal__alg_8h.html.

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