I have a bunch of geotiffs stored in a PostGIS DB that i am mounting on my OpenLayers map.

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They all have the geoTransform information in them. I just want to know how i can mount them on my OpenLayers map with the correct affine transformation without running a gdalwarp on all the images. Though i wouldn't mind calling gdalwarp on the fly if possible. I just don't want to store those warped images in the DB (they take up 8x more space).

Can OpenLayers rotate my image based on the GeoTransform info in the GeoTiff? If so how?:

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This is the code i'm using to overlay my tiff:

var bounds = MyOrg.UI.Map.Results.Layer.features[array_index].geometry.bounds;

var options = {
    numZoomLevels: 15,
    isBaseLayer: false,
    resolutions: MyOrg.UI.Map.getMap().layers[0].resolutions,
    maxResolution: "auto",
    projection: MyOrg.UI.Map.Projections.Mercator,
    strategies: [new OpenLayers.Strategy.Fixed()]

var graphic = new OpenLayers.Layer.Image(
    'GranuleImage.ashx?granuleID=' + MyOrg.UI.Map.Results.Data.arrGranules[array_index].id + '&thumb=0',


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No. Openlayers cannot warp your images. OpenLayers reprojection/transform support is for vectors only.

For a raster solution, you will need to do the processing on the server side. You will have to determine if performance is enough of an issue that you decide to pre-process the imagery. If you want to do it on the fly, you could use MapServer or another WMS server. If you pre-process them, you could use MapServer or another WMS server, or you could build up a tile cache.

Raster processing is fairly expensive. You essentially have to determine whether 'disk is cheap' or 'time is cheap'.

  • +1: Are you saying i can point geoserver to my table of rasters and then be able to overlay them properly? Will WMS do the transform for me?
    – CaptDragon
    Commented Mar 14, 2011 at 19:21
  • nevermind, answered my own question> NO. WMS will not do it directly from PostGIS i need the physical file.
    – CaptDragon
    Commented Mar 14, 2011 at 19:59
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    @capdragon: according to this page, MapServer can serve up rasters (WKT Raster) from a PostGIS db. YMMV, I haven't tested it.
    – DavidF
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 13:28
  • Could you please paste the link you're referring to in and edit or comment box. Thanks.
    – CaptDragon
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 13:32
  • Sorry for failing to post the link. postgis.refractions.net/documentation/manual-svn/… and postgresonline.com/journal/archives/…
    – DavidF
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 14:16

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