I'm fairly new at WCS so bear with me if this is a really stupid question, but I can't really understand the problem. I'm trying to retrieve some DEM data from the Italian Ministry of Environment's freely available datasets, which are structured as a Web Coverage Service.

In the capabilities of the dataset I'm interested into (http://wms.pcn.minambiente.it/wcs/dtm_75m?service=WCS&request=GetCapabilities) it clearly states that the Bounding Box limits are the following:

<ows:WGS84BoundingBox dimensions="2">
<ows:LowerCorner>6.53911455679 35.2154346311</ows:LowerCorner>
<ows:UpperCorner>19.6147808261 47.1364182243</ows:UpperCorner>

But if I try to send the following GetCoverage request:


The server keeps returning me this error:

<ows:ExceptionReport xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"    xmlns:ows="http://www.opengis.net/ows/1.1" version="1.1.2" xml:lang="en-US"  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.opengis.net/ows/1.1  http://schemas.opengis.net/ows/1.1.0/owsExceptionReport.xsd">
<ows:Exception exceptionCode="width/height" locator="InvalidParameterValue">
 msWCSGetCoverage(): WCS server error. Raster size out of range, width and height of resulting coverage must be no more than MAXSIZE=2048.

Why is that? Where's the error?

I tried also to swap Lon and Lat duplets or give them in the Cartesian coordinates of the dataset, but to no avail...

1 Answer 1


I looks like the service may not be responding to WCS 1.1.2 request parameters. It does respond to a 1.0.0 request even though this version is not advertised like:

WCS 1.0.0 request to DTM_75m service

  • Thanks nmtoken: I've tried to modify my query with 1.0.0 instead of 1.1.2 and image/png instead than image/tiff (as it appears the only possibility from the xml you linked), but the server replies with a "mapserv.exe" 1Kb file: I tried to change its extension, but to no avail (it cannot be a geoimage weighting only 1 Kb). Do I need to change something else to make my request compliant to WCS 1.0.0 standards?
    – Mutewinter
    Apr 14, 2014 at 13:16
  • mapserv.exe is possibly an error message (XML/text file); despite the name, try opening in a text editor
    – nmtoken
    Nov 20, 2020 at 17:52

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