I have combined MODIS blue marble images into a mosaic, a screen shot of the mosaic raster image with its source info opened in ArcMap is attached. The file source shows that it has angular coordinates defined. I tried to define projection/project but nothing seems to be working. My problem is that this image does not align with other layers having projections defined (e.g. basemap). So I need to align it with other global maps (e.g. basemap) so that it overlaps with them. I know the coordinates of all the four corners of the map (e.g. bottom left corner is -180, -90 or 180W, 90S). I thought it should be a simple problem of georeferencing but it does not seem so after searching all the information online. How can I project or georeference this image in a simple way using the tools in ArcGIS? Please help.

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If you need to align your raster layer by coordinates or several known points, you can find the georeferencing toolbar in arcgis Desktop (online help here). I had already test that to put a none spatial picture (like old urban plan) on basemap. I hope i helped you...

  • Could you please be more specific? Thanks for your help. Jul 15 '16 at 16:47

So I georeferenced it using georeferencing tool. I used the four corner coordinates as the control points. I used: WGS84 Bounds: -180.0000, -90.0000, 180.0000, 90.0000 Projected Bounds: -20037508.3428, -10018754.1714, 20037508.3428, 10018754.1714

Found from here http://spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/wgs-84-plate-carree/

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