The Hydro1k database for Asia is provided by USGS. It is available here as GTOPO30 HYDRO 1K.

I tried to read the slope values for the Kumamoto area in Japan but the results all came out as 55537(same as for the sea). The slope is shown different when I open it in QGIS.

Here is the prj file:

PROJCS["US National Atlas Equal Area",GEOGCS["Unspecified datum based upon the Clarke 1866 Authalic Sphere",DATUM["D_Sphere_Clarke_1866_Authalic",SPHEROID["Clarke_1866_Authalic_Sphere",6370997,0]],PRIMEM["Greenwich",0],UNIT["Degree",0.017453292519943295]],PROJECTION["Lambert_Azimuthal_Equal_Area"],PARAMETER["latitude_of_origin",45],PARAMETER["central_meridian",100],PARAMETER["false_easting",0],PARAMETER["false_northing",0],UNIT["Meter",1]]

Here is my code:

import osgeo
from osgeo import gdal,osr
import ogr
geo = gdal.Open('/home/Downloads/gt30h1kas/as_slope.bil') #slope file

# Read the projection from prj file
ds = gdal.Open('/home/Downloads/gt30h1kas/as_dem.prj')

# Reference system for input coordinates

ctran2=ogr.osr.CoordinateTransformation(point_ref, geo_ref)

arr = geo.ReadAsArray()

geotransform = geo.GetGeoTransform() 
originX = geotransform[0]
originY = geotransform[3]
pixelWidth = geotransform[1]
pixelHeight = geotransform[5]

# Kumamoto (32.8031° N, 130.7079° E)
[lon,lat,z]=ctran2.TransformPoint(130.7079, 32.8031) 
offx = int( (lon-originX)/pixelWidth )
offy = int( (lat-originY)/pixelHeight )
print(offx, offy, arr[offx][offy])

Here is the output:

2810038.798891878 -837540.6774932265
7165 7281 55537

Please help me find my mistake.

1 Answer 1


The Hydro1k documentation says that the projection is in Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area and the origin of the projection is different for each hydro1k continent file.


Following this post, I used the base LAEA WKT linked and modified the origin coordinates to match the hydro1k documentation for Asia. I was able to get what appears to be the correct projection with the stream.e00 file for asia.


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