So I have done some RGB-channel extraction from a .tif file, meaning I took UAV_image.tif and I have extracted R,G,B channels on three different .tif files. Next, I did some calculations such as result = ((red^2)+(blue^2))/(blue). For all the previous operations I used mainly cv2.imwrite and tiff.imread commands. The problem is that the resulted .tif does not contains coordinates.. How can I copy the coordinates from the initial UAV_image.tif to result.tif? I tried to followed this tutorial:

Use gdalsrsinfo to get the srs of the tiff that still has the projection:

gdalsrsinfo -o wkt tiffwithsrs.tiff Then copy the output and use gdal_translate to apply it to a new tiff:

gdal_translate -a_srs '...' tiffwithoutsrs.tif newfixedtif.tif just paste your projection after the -a_srs option

(source: Using GDAL command line to copy projections)

But the result was to copy both coordinates and colors...!!! Did I do something wrong?

Also, this guy here: "Copy" Image coordinates to another image that is nd.array has a an approach that does not fit my problem, because I do not do any kind of Machine Learning training (as I see to his example - correct me If I am wrong) and I do not use nd.array.

So, the question is how do I copy coordinates from a .tif image that has coordinates to a .tif image that does not have coordinates?

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You could do something like this in python using rasterio.

UAV_image = rasterio.open('UAV_image.tif')
new_tif = rasterio.open('new.tif','w',
                        height = UAV_image.height,
                        width = UAV_image.width, 
                        count = 1,
                        crs = UAV_image.crs,
                        transform = UAV_image.transform, 
                        dtype = UAV_image.dtypes)

new_tif.write(result, 1) #result from calculations

This should take the geo-information from the original tif and write it to the new one.

  • Why do I get this error? File "copy_coordinates.py", line 11, in <module> dtype = UAV_image.dtype) AttributeError: 'DatasetReader' object has no attribute 'dtype' Nov 2, 2021 at 13:23
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    @just_learning Try with .dtypes , sorry spelling error. If that doesn't work you can write the datatype your new image has as a string 'uint8', 'float32' etc.
    – DNy
    Nov 2, 2021 at 13:28
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    I assumed you had some array named result as calculated in the original question. That result will then be written to this new_tif file.
    – DNy
    Nov 2, 2021 at 14:06
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    Maybe you are looking for img.countrasterio.readthedocs.io/en/latest/…
    – DNy
    Nov 2, 2021 at 14:44
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    I'm not really sure sorry. Maybe try adding an extra empty band to the 3 band image? The solutions you linked look useful also.
    – DNy
    Nov 9, 2021 at 12:50

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