I'm trying to transform this shapefile from EPSG:3338 (Alaska Albers) to EPSG:4326.

When I display the file in EPSG:3338 in QGIS it looks as you'd expect:

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But when I display it in EPSG:4326 I see all kinds of problems:

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And when I export it as EPSG:4326 I see the same problem. This happens both whether I export it in QGIS, or use ogr2ogr:

ogr2ogr -f GeoJSON -s_srs EPSG:3338 -t_srs EPSG:4326 .   
  mv_oil_and_gas_basin_py.geojson mv_oil_and_gas_basin_py.shp

How can I transform this file to EPSG:4326 without getting problems around the international dateline?


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You can use -wrapdateline in ogr2ogr to split the polygons at the anti meridian (as the dateline in fact misses Alaska).

ogr2ogr -s_srs EPSG:3338 -t_srs epsg:4326 -wrapdateline output.shp mv_oil_and_gas_basin_py.shp 

Once I fixed the 4 invalid polygons I get this: enter image description here

  • Unfortunately that hasn't solved the problem - still looks the same in QGIS. (I tried: ogr2ogr -s_srs EPSG:3338 -t_srs EPSG:4326 -wrapdateline output_file.shp mv_oil_and_gas_basin_py.shp. Trying without the t_srs option produced a warning.)
    – Richard
    May 22, 2017 at 11:08
  • It would work if all the polygons were valid.
    – Ian Turton
    May 22, 2017 at 12:23
  • It doesn't, sorry - I just tried importing the shapefile to PostGIS and running ST_MakeValid on all the polygons, and I get the same result.
    – Richard
    May 22, 2017 at 12:58
  • Thanks! What worked for me in the end was to import it to PostGIS without reprojecting, then run ST_MakeValid, then export it using ogr2ogr to reproject to 4326 on the fly, with the -wrapdateline option.
    – Richard
    May 22, 2017 at 14:34
  • I guess that wrapdateline produces the invalid geometries during cutting, while my workaround from the linked question does not.
    – AndreJ
    May 23, 2017 at 5:45

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