I am having some issues when using the GeoServer Web Mapping Service to display GeoTIFF-Files. When zooming out (in an OpenLayers-Client or in the GeoServer Layer Preview for instance) the quality seems to be very poor. When opening the GeoTIFF in a picture viewer the quality seems to be ok

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I am working on a project where i have to display very old maps in an webbased application, so the quality is quite important. I have alredy tried to alter the compression levels of the wms in GeoServer, in vain.

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Add overviews to your image using gdaladdo, using -r average. Your viewer is probably building an image pyramid in memory or on disk, creating the same effect as persistent overviews.


Your picture viewer uses a different resampling method. In GeoServer you can change the default interpolation from the default nearest neighbor interpolation to bilinear or bicubic: http://docs.geoserver.org/stable/en/user/webadmin/services/WMS.html

Be aware that bilinear and bicubic interpolations require more resources.


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