I have two 8bit unsigned integer 4-band raster images that overlap (Raster 1 and Raster 2). One of the images is slightly smaller than the other (Raster 1). How can I extend the extent of the smaller raster (Raster 1) to match the extent of the larger raster (Raster 2)? The extended area in Raster 1 should contain 0 values for all the bands. NoData values are not wanted in this case. I use ArcGIS/Spatial Analyst, QGIS and any open source tools.

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  • What are you going to do with the rasters when they have the same size? Mar 30, 2018 at 17:25
  • @MarceloVilla Tile them.
    – Aaron
    Mar 30, 2018 at 17:30
  • Setting the extent variable in the environment settings should be enough. For example arcpy.env.extent = 'Raster2.tif' Mar 30, 2018 at 17:32
  • @MarceloVilla Setting the environment for which tool?
    – Aaron
    Mar 30, 2018 at 17:34
  • Do you use gdalwarp?
    – GeoMonkey
    Mar 30, 2018 at 17:36

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You can use gdalwarp, such as:

gdalwarp -of GTiff -te minx miny maxx maxy input.tif output.tif

You can get the extents using:

gdalinfo reference.tif

Hopefully Orfeo ToolBox is also on your list, of which Superimpose function fits smaller raster (your Raster 1) to a larger raster (your Raster 2).

(Allow me to show it in Monteverdi GUI, as I am not good at using it in QGIS processing - OTB mode).

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There is a Fill Value option which fills the outside of smaller raster by the user defined value (coincidentally, default value is 0.0).

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