I have a shape file with nature preservation areas (Biosphärenreservate) in Germany. I think the projection must be something like gauss-krüger zone 4 Pulkovo or something like that. When I reproject it to UTM-33N WGS84 it reprojects but is not exactly accurate. The borders don't quite match my other shape (the other file)

http://www.projektidee.org/images/extern/biosph-res-2010.prj.zip http://www.projektidee.org/images/extern/gebiet_UTM33.dbf.zip

Could anyone here help me with that problem. That would be nice!

best regards desputin

  • Are you sure the projection of the other file is ok? – johanvdw May 18 '12 at 8:56
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    You may want to mark some of the answers to questions you've asked as "accepted", otherwise you might find you get fewer answers in the future. – MerseyViking May 18 '12 at 8:57
  • Thanks for the advice. I don't see a "accept" button anywhere. (who created this stackexchange anyway? Half the time here has to be spent with burocracy!) – desputin May 18 '12 at 9:07
  • No I'm not 100% sure the biosphärenreservate are projected correctly. – desputin May 18 '12 at 9:15
  • Just a small wish: please less generic question titles... – markusN May 18 '12 at 22:02

Opening up biosph-res-2010.prj in a text editor, I get:


So you were almost right - I get the (apparently deprecated) DHDN / 3-degree Gauss zone 3 (EPSG:31463)

What I think your problem is, is not one of projection, but of digitization and simplification. Overlaying biosph-res-2010 (red) and gebiet_UTM33 (blue) on Google aerial imagery gives me this:

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So your biosphärenreservate line matches the coast quite closely, but the blue line has far fewer points, and isn't shifted by a uniform amount. So the quality of your data is questionable rather than your projection.

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