Given a topographic GIS raster of one country crop.tif:

Given a know pixel value such as elevation (z) is +73 :

$ gdallocationinfo crop.tif 1 1 -valonly
> 73

Given an elevation threshold n = 50 (meters)

How to set the value of all/this pixels where z >= n to 50 ?

The solution should be with gdal or in console.

Related to : Gdal: How to get a pixel's value from raster image?, gdal_polygonize.py.

EDIT: I eventually used the formula --calc="50*(A>50)" --NoDataValue=0 standing for "new calc where value set as 50 when value in input A > 50, else value set as 0"

gdal_calc.py -A input.tif --outfile=result.tif --calc="50*(A>50)" --NoDataValue=0

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The best all round tool here is a raster calculator.

gdal_calc is a GDAL raster calculator implemented in Python here, with some examples here.

If you e.g. wants to keep values above +50:

gdal_calc.py -A input.tif --outfile=result.tif --calc="A*(A>50)" --NoDataValue=0

You can specify several files -A to -Z, where each of them get a corresponding variable in the expression.

In this case, the boolean expression (A>50) returns either 1 or 0, and is then multiplied with A. The result is then stored in the corresponding pixel in outputfile.

Not sure if you need a programmatic approach or a manual one, but QGis has a raster calculator. See related question with answer here.

  • +1 untill test for validation. I was looking for a programmatic approach, but others may be interested by the manual one. :)
    – Hugolpz
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 3:19
  • Note: I need to polygonize afterward. So I need to set values >= 50 to 50 (one same value).
    – Hugolpz
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 3:35
  • Ok ! new calc is equal to 50 when -A>50 : gdal_calc.py -A input.tif --outfile=result.tif --calc="50*(A>50)" --NoDataValue=0 . Please add this operation and explanation to your answer so I validate it !
    – Hugolpz
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 3:39
  • 2
    Thanks, I made some changes. Note that 50*(A>50) results in either 50 or 0.
    – Oyvind
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 3:59
  • Maybe a silly addition, but when inserting the calc expression with these conditionals, remember to wrap the "" in outer '' quotes. This is necessary here where if the expression was just A*50 it doesn't want the double quotes.
    – kpierce8
    Commented Feb 26 at 18:41

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