I'm trying to create a 30 meter, Int16 raster covering the entire continental US using Python/GDAL. This raster will ultimately be used to do raster algebra in ArcMap by downstream users.
Ordinarily I would use GTiff for this, but I'm getting the error message
ERROR 6: A 141014 pixels x 145929 lines x 1 bands Int16 image would be larger than 4GB but this is the largest size a TIFF can be, and BigTIFF is unavailable. Creation failed.
So my question is twofold: (1) is BigTIFF the best format for creating a Arc-compatible raster, and (2) if so, how do I make it available?