I have a routine that create a mosaic from COPDEM 30M and I need to export it passing an argument to it.

The argument: -mo AREA_OR_POINT=AREA --config GTIFF_POINT_GEO_IGNORE True

The behavior I expect is the half pixel shift to NW, according to the RFC 33: GDAL RFC 33

Running gdal_translate from QGIS is fine and works just I expect, but exporting a raster with rio.to_raster method as the following, produces a raster with the AREA_OR_POINT setted to 1 (AREA), but the pixels aren't shifted to NW.

Python command: dem.rio.to_raster("data/copdem_30m/mosaic_AREA.tif", tags = {"AREA_OR_POINT": "AREA"}, GTIFF_POINT_GEO_IGNORE = True)

What is wrong with this command, since this is just what is specified in the documentation: rioxarray rio.to_raster?

The problem can be reproduced with the following scene: https://prism-dem-open.copernicus.eu/pd-desk-open-access/prismDownload/COP-DEM_GLO-30-DGED__2022_1/Copernicus_DSM_10_S17_00_W045_00.tar

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You can set GDAL config options inside a rasterio.Env context manager:

import rioxarray
import rasterio

dem = rioxarray.open_rasterio(
with rasterio.Env(GTIFF_POINT_GEO_IGNORE=True):
    dem.rio.to_raster("data/copdem_30m/mosaic_AREA.tif", tags = {"AREA_OR_POINT": "AREA"})

As you mention and as noted in the GDAL GeoTiff documentation, GTIFF_POINT_GEO_IGNORE is a GDAL configuration option, not a part of the image profile.

GDAL configuration options can be specified by setting an environment variable with that name/value before calling rio.to_raster, like this:

dem.rio.to_raster("data/copdem_30m/mosaic_AREA.tif", tags = {"AREA_OR_POINT": "AREA"})

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