I want to use a shapefile of the Corine Land Cover. This covers all of Europe, but I am only interested in the area of Scandinavia.

How can I cut this file using free software (preferably a command line tool)? I tried ogr2ogr

C:\Program Files\GDAL>ogr2ogr.exe -f "ESRI Shapefile" c:\Users\Christoph\geo\corine\clc06_c312_coniferous\clc06_c312_dalarna.shp c:\Users\Christoph\geo\corine\clc06_c312_coniferous\clc06_c312.shp -clipdst 0 60 20 70

but without any usable result (just almost empty files).

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    Have you got a vector data which is the border of your area of interest (Scandinavia)? If yes you can use a clip tool in Quantum gis (Vector->geometry tools).
    – com
    Dec 30, 2011 at 13:31
  • Corine files are huge, I doubt ftools can handle them @com
    – underdark
    Dec 30, 2011 at 13:53

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See the example at the bottom of the ogr2ogr page, and note the "-t_srs EPSG:4326", which reprojects the file. When I looked at a Corine .prj file just now, it was in ETRS_1989_LAEA_L52_M10 projection, which uses meters not degrees. Once you reproject, I suspect your -clipdst settings will work.

  • Thanks a lot. That was the right solution for my problem.
    – user5307
    Dec 31, 2011 at 20:48

You can use the SQL features of OGR and create a select query to extract only selected polygons. See Link

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