I have a file in geotiff format, with coordinates in WGS84. I would need to convert from WGS84 to UTM.

When I launch the code via GDAL: gdalwarp -t_srs '+ proj = utm + zone = 37 + datum = WGS84 + units = m + no_defs' test_geotiff test_utm.tif

I get: ERROR 1: PROJ: proj_create: unrecognized format / unknown name ERROR 1: Translating source or target SRS failed: '+ proj = utm

what can I do?

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    Take the spaces between the + and the argument, or use the epsg code instead of the proj definition
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Sep 10, 2022 at 15:58

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If your desired UTM Zone is:

  • north of the equator, use EPSG:32637 (WGS 84 / UTM zone 37N):
  gdalwarp -t_srs epsg:32637 test.tif test_utm.tif
  • south of the equator, use EPSG:32737 (WGS 84 / UTM zone 37S)
  gdalwarp -t_srs epsg:32737 test_geo.tif test_utm.tif

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