I'm trying to warp some GeoTIFF images (from NSIDC), from a polar stereographic projection, to an azimuthal equidistant projection using gdalwarp:

gdalwarp -t_srs 'EPSG:102016' \
  -te -7000000 -7000000 7000000 7000000 \
  input.tif output.tif

The result looks fine overall, except for a single horizontal row of pixels in the middle that looks "shifted" inward toward the center.

Is there any way to avoid this?

output image from gdalwarp (converted to gif)

Edit: Input image (as a gif) for reference

image credit: NISDC

  • can we see input.tif ? Sep 25, 2017 at 13:19
  • did you try another resampling_method than the default one ? like bilinear ressampling : gdalwarp -t_srs 'EPSG:102016' \ -te -7000000 -7000000 7000000 7000000 \ -r bilinear input.tif output.tif Sep 25, 2017 at 13:22
  • @HugoRoussaffa I did - however, I'm looking to do some more processing (color substitution) in other software, so I'd rather keep it aliased until all that's done.
    – Flambino
    Sep 25, 2017 at 13:27

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I would suggest trying to add the -et (error threshold) option with a lower thresholds than the default.

If you try a lower -et threshold the horizontal artifact should disappear

Or try changing the re-sampling

gdalwarp -r mode

As a reference gdalwarp

  • 1
    Thanks! I'd overlooked the -et option. Setting it all the way to zero did the trick (I first tried a few orders of magnitude below the default, but the artefact stuck around until I just fed it zero). And yes, different resampling would likely have fixed it too, but for later image processing purposes, I prefer to keep it aliased for now
    – Flambino
    Sep 25, 2017 at 13:34

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