I have a GeoTIFF that appears to have a broken proj4 K value. When I run the command: gdalsrsinfo -o proj4 <Filename> I get the output: +proj=stere +lat_0=-90 +lon_0=0 +k=0 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +R=1737400 +units=m +no_defs

My understanding is that k should never be 0. I assume the author of this GeoTIFF intended for it to be 1.

I tried using following command to set k with no luck: gdal_translate -projwin_srs "+proj=stere +lat_0=-90 +lon_0=0 +k=1 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +R=1737400 +units=m +no_defs" <input file> <output file>

How can I update the proj4 k value of my GeoTIFF? Is the proj4 string something that can be changed directly?

  • I can't speak to whether that parameter is valid, but you may want to try gdal_edit. There's a description of generally accepted SRS definitions here which includes proj4 strings
    – mikewatt
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 17:25

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The gdal_translate documentation https://gdal.org/programs/gdal_translate.html documents also the right option for your use case.

-a_srs Override the projection for the output file. The may be any of the usual GDAL/OGR forms, complete WKT, PROJ.4, EPSG:n or a file containing the WKT. No reprojection is done.

You can also correct the wrong metadata in place with gdal_edit https://gdal.org/programs/gdal_edit.html but it is a Python script and you must have a working Python environment for GDAL.


python gdal_edit.py -a_srs "+proj=stere +lat_0=-90 +lon_0=0 +k=1 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +R=1737400 +units=m +no_defs" your_tif.tif

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