The problem: I am trying to make a basic overlay of 5 years of CA tree mortality data using QGIS 3.6. The data can be found here. The downloads are geodatabase format. Navigate to each year's page and scroll down to the data section for the corresponding gdb. Based on email conversation with folks at US Forest Service, this could possibly be a mismatched geometry and projection file issue, but I don't know how to confirm that.
OTF projection is default in this version of QGIS and works well when adding years 2014-2016 (projected in EPSG:3310 - NAD83 / California Albers) to an OSM basemap. However, when adding years 2017 and 2018, QGIS asks for a projection because there seems to be no associated or an incorrect .prj (or the gdb equivalent). Despite setting these layers to the same EPSG 3310 but they end up near Alaska.
Things I have tried:
- I emailed folks at the US Forest Service and they suggested trying EPSG:102003 - USA_Contiguous_Albers_Equal_Area_Conic. This brings the layer closer but still incorrect projection.
- Exporting the layers as shapefiles with the CRS set to 3310 (and EPSG: 102003 CRS) and re-adding to QGIS. This does not work.
- Disabling OTF projection, setting the project CRS to 3310 and manually setting each layer CRS - 17/18 still end up near Alaska.
Another contact at USFS was able to successfully overlay 17/18 with the prior years data using ArcGIS, so maybe there is something that the QGIS software is missing?
I don't know enough about the inner workings of the software.
Maybe there is some implicit change that can be made to the data to correct the projection issue?
Does anyone have other suggestions?