I have a georeferenced image of Earth above the Pacific Ocean. Gdalinfo give me this :


Problem is lon_min > lon_max so I don't know how I can use the -te gdalwarp's option on an area with for example lon_min = 160 and lon_max = -120. I tried to exchange position in command line and I also tried to transform the 160° in -200° but it doesn't work.

gdalwarp -t_srs EPSG:4326 -te 160 -10 -120 10 sphere.tiff plani.tiff

Creating output file that is -5491P x 392L.
ERROR 1: Attempt to create -5491x392 dataset is illegal,sizes must be larger than zero.

I tried to transform my 160°E in 200°W and I get a picture cut at 180°W.

gdalwarp -t_srs EPSG:4326 -te -200 -10 -120 10 sphere.tiff plani.tiff

Bad image, cut at 180°W

Finally I simply tried to exchange the -120 and 160 in command line but I obtain a weird image.

gdalwarp -t_srs EPSG:4326 -te -120 -10 160 10 sphere.tiff plani.tiff

weird image

Does anyone know how to get an image with these coordinates ?

  • --config CENTER_LONG 180 doesn't work for me and I also tried to add +over and +lon_wrap=-180 to proj definition but it still doesn't work.
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    I see no mention of +over or --config in your question
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I found a solution using gdalwarp. I don't fully understand how my solution works but here is the solution :

2 steps are necessary to georeference my image sphere.tiff with only west longitude degree unit.

gdalwarp -s_srs "+proj=geos +a=6378160 +b=6356775 +lon_0=-135 +h=35785845 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +pm=-135" -t_srs "+proj=eqc +lon_0=-135 +pm=-135" sphere.tiff step1.tiff

gdalwarp -s_srs "+proj=eqc +pm=-135" -t_srs EPSG:4326 step1.tiff step2.tiff

Now my image is correctly georeferenced :

gdalinfo step2.tiff
Corner Coordinates:
Upper Left  (    -216.283,      76.491) (216d17' 0.01"W, 76d29'27.88"N)
Lower Left  (    -216.283,     -76.496) (216d17' 0.01"W, 76d29'46.07"S)
Upper Right ( -53.7216960,  76.4910783) ( 53d43'18.11"W, 76d29'27.88"N)
Lower Right ( -53.7216960, -76.4961292) ( 53d43'18.11"W, 76d29'46.07"S)
Center      (-135.0025160,  -0.0025254) (135d 0' 9.06"W,  0d 0' 9.09"S)

And finally I can use my step2.tiff image to cut out an area covering the dateline.

gdalwarp -t_srs EPSG:4326 -te -200 -10 -160 10 step2.tiff res.tiff

image sat

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