I've used gdal2tiles for generating tiles in number of different polar projections and always experienced the same problem — strange small picture inside normal 256x256 png with the rest of space transparent. I'm using -p raster option.

That's how one particular tile looks like http://grab.by/uNHw

And here is the whole map view.

how whole map with such tile looks like

Looking for suggestions. Gladly will switch to other utility/program that can generate tiles properly in non-mercator projections.

Source geotiff I use are arctic and antarctic maps:

Sample command I use: gdal2tiles.py -z 3 -p raster ibcso_background_hq.tif

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    Can you make a simple example, or at least give more details on the kind/s of source image and the actual commands used? Are you transforming somehow from the source because afaik that is not going to work in a single step
    – mdsumner
    Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 12:12
  • @mdsumner yes, sure, added two links to geotiff sources, and wrote sample command i use
    – dobrych
    Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 13:07
  • This works if I do this, with no -z argument: python gdal2tiles.py -p raster ibcso_background_hq. tif ibcsoraster I can maybe have a closer look later, but it might be something to do with how the levels interact, but otherwise def a bug in the script.
    – mdsumner
    Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 3:16

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I'm not sure why, but gdal2tiles does not seem to like a combination of -z and -p raster.

So I used call gdal2tiles.bat -p raster ibcso_background_hq.tif

and got the right picture in all zoom levels:

enter image description here

  • WOW, I would not have thought of this as the source of the problem. Can't even tell you how many hours I spent troubleshooting the issue!
    – abettermap
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 16:31

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