[gdal-dev] geolocation info in netCDF: "northernmost_northing"
etc. not universal
bruceraup at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 17:52:23 EST 2010
Thanks for the reply. I mistakenly said GeoRef when I meant to say
GeoTransform. Your description of what would happen if we make the
change confirms what we thought.
I think we will go ahead and make the change, and file a ticket. Lots
of data are in polar projections, and it seems like a small amount of
work now could save a lot of confusion in the future.
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 17:44, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 2:22 AM, Bruce Raup <bruceraup at gmail.com> wrote:
>> We propose using terms such as
>> Alternatively, grid corner coordinates could be used.
>> What would the impacts of such a change of names in our files be? If
>> the GeoRef field is also in the file, would it break existing software
>> for being able to navigate (geolocate) the data? And, would the
>> community consider the adoption of more universal terms more generally
>> (i.e. in GDAL itself)?
> I am not really an expert on the GDAL netcdf driver, but
> I will attempt to respond.
> First, I think it would be better to just document that the
> existing tag names (eg. northernmost_northing) should
> just be interpreted with the new definitions
> (grid_top_boundary_projected_y) rather than trying
> to change the actual tag names in order to gain some
> possibly clarity in less common situations.
> I have reviewed the GDAL netcdf driver and it seems to
> look for two things. First a GeoTransform value (which I
> think is only a GDAL convention). If that is not found it
> looks for northernmost_northing, etc. I presume these are
> part of the CF conventions, though I don't know for sure.
> I do no see any reference to a "GeoRef" tag.
> So if you make the planned change, and if you do not
> also provide the GeoTransform then older versions of
> GDAL would not be able to read the georeferencing of
> the files. I presume this might also be the case of
> almost all other software, even if you did support
> However, if you do go ahead with this convention, then
> please file ticket with a small sample file so we can add
> support for it.
> Best regards,
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