Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Geocoding Radarsat-2 images with gdalwarp

Trying to use gdalwarp to geocode a Radarsat image for creating map projected quick looks, I used the imagery_HH.tif file only, but the result was not good:

After a long search I realized that not the whole geolocation grid was accessed using imagery_HH.tif only.

To my surprise I realized that gdalwarp actually can process the Radarsat product.xml file. This file can be given to gdalwarp as inputfile, and gdalwarp will process all available bands and use the whole geolocation grid follwoing with the data.

The whole code loops through the zip file, unzips them and geocodes the image, then removing the unzipped files, leaving the original zip-file:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
Created on Wed Jan 16 15:43:07 2013
Takes the Radarsat-2 zipfile and creates a map projected quicklook from the imagery_HH file
@author: max """ import zipfile, glob, os, shutil #List of zip-files to be extracted #filelist = glob.glob(r'C:\Users\max\Documents\trash\*.zip') filelist = glob.glob(r'Z:\Radarsat\Sathav\2013\01_Januar\*.zip')
#Loop through zipfiles, extract and create quicklook for radarsatfile in filelist:
    #Split names and extensions     (infilepath, infilename) = os.path.split(radarsatfile)     (infileshortname, extension) = os.path.splitext(infilename)
    #Open zipfile     zfile = zipfile.ZipFile(radarsatfile, 'r')     print     print "Decompressing image for " + infilename + " on " + infilepath
    #Extract imagery file from zipfile     imagefile = infileshortname + '/imagery_HH.tif'     zfile.extractall(infilepath)
    #Define names
    #gdalsourcefile = infilepath + '\\' + infileshortname + '\\imagery_HH.tif'     gdalsourcefile = infilepath + '\\' + infileshortname + '\\product.xml'     outputfilename = infilepath + '\\' + infileshortname + '\\' + infileshortname + '_EPSG3575.tif'

    #Call gdalwarp     print     print "map projecting file"     print     os.system('gdalwarp -tps  -t_srs \"+proj=laea +lat_0=90 +lon_0=10 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +ellps=WGS84 +datum=WGS84 +units=m +no_defs\" ' + gdalsourcefile + ' ' + outputfilename )

    #Call gdaltranslate     print     print "downsampling file"     print     os.system('gdal_translate -ot byte -outsize 8% 8% -scale 0 50000 0 255 ' + outputfilename + ' ' + browseimage )
    #Remove folder where extracted and temporary files are stored     shutil.rmtree(infilepath + '\\' + infileshortname )
    #Close zipfile     zfile.close()

print   print 'Done creating quicklooks for ', infilepath

Now the result is ok as wanted:


  1. Hi Max,
    After running this code I am getting the following ERROR, Do you have any idea why? Although the file is there in the specified path.
    ERROR 1: Can't load requested DLL: C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\osgeo\gdalplugins\ogr_FileGDB.dll
    126: The specified module could not be found.

    1. Lools like a faulty gdal installation?