# How to get square metric pixels for a GeoTiff, whose pixel spacing is given in degree?

I have received a GeoTiff file, whose pixel spacing is provided in degree (e.g. +1° to the right, -1° down). Of course, this means that the actual, metric pixel spacing changes in relation to the latitude, which is bad, if you want to relate pixel distances to actual, real-world distances. What is the straight-forward procedure to transform the image in such a way that the result is squared, metric pixels (e.g. +1m to the right, -1m down)?

For sake of completeness: The original image is provided in WGS84-latlon coordinates (EPSG:4326), the final image should be projected to the proper UTM zone (e.g. EPSG:32632).

I figure I'll probably first have to reproject the dataset. But then still the question remains about how to resample the resulting, reprojected image so that its pixel size can be set to an arbitrarily chosen, square size?

Using any distance measuring tool within QGIS is not an option, as I need to export the image again as a GeoTiff in order to process it externally with a different software.

• This sounds like you have to transform the TIF from EPSG: 4326 to EPSG: 32632. Load the TIF with EPSG: 4326 in QGIS and save(as) in EPSG: 32632. Commented May 23, 2017 at 13:23
• Sorry you do not reproject a raster layer using the save as option. You have to use raster/projections/warp (reproject) Commented May 23, 2017 at 16:21
• Yeah, this is what I meant with "I figure I'll probably have to reproject the dataset". But how will I achieve square pixels with a given pixel spacing? Commented May 23, 2017 at 16:22
• according to this: gdal.org/gdalwarp.html the resampling option of the dialog box is used to interpolate between the values of the cells, not its size. Usually when you reproject a raster it will produce cells of equal size. When I perform this procedure on DEMs in 4326 with a spatial resolution of 1 second of arc it produces pixels of aproximatelly 30 meters when I reproject it to 32614...bear in mind that I work in with DEM from Mexico Commented May 23, 2017 at 16:31
• May be this can help gis.stackexchange.com/questions/132149/… Commented May 23, 2017 at 16:35