I'm getting the folllowing Error when trying to re-project a raster from NAD_1983_Albers to GCS_North_American_1983. I used the proj4 defenition from going to Properties in QGIS of the layer whose CRS I want to match and copied the CRS def I found in the Coordinate Reference System Selector.

gdalwarp -t_srs +proj=longlat +ellps=GRS80 +tow gs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +no_defs RipBuf100_09.tif RipBuf100WGS_09.tif ERROR 4: `+ellps=GRS80' does not exist in the file system, and is not recognised as a supported dataset name.


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Using the EPSG works:

gdalwarp -t_srs EPSG:4269 RipBuf100_09.tif RipB uf100WGS_09.tif

Creating output file that is 55104P x 24192L. Processing input file RipBuf100_09.tif. Using internal nodata values (e.g. -2.14748e+009) for image RipBuf100_09.tif. Copying nodata values from source RipBuf100_09.tif to destination RipBuf100WGS_0 9.tif. 0...10...20...30...40...50...60...70...80...90...100 - done.


shot in the dark, but maybe use the EPSG instead of the actual CRS label


Put the proj4 string between quotes. Now the string gets split at parsing and GDAL thinks that the +ellps is a name of the source file.

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    Depending on the operating system, single quote' or double quote " might be successful.
    – AndreJ
    Feb 5, 2016 at 6:55

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