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PostGIS Cookbook by Bborie Park, Stephen Vincent Mather, Thomas J. Kraft, Paolo Corti

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Processing and loading rasters with GDAL VRT

Though PostGIS has plenty of functions for working with rasters, it is sometimes more convenient and more efficient to work on the source rasters before importing them into the database. One of the times when working with rasters outside the database is more efficient is when the raster contains subdatasets, typically found in HDF4, HDF5, and NetCDF files.

Getting ready

In this recipe, we will preprocess a MODIS raster with the GDAL VRT format to filter and rearrange the subdatasets. Internally, a VRT file is comprised of XML tags. This means we can create a VRT file with any text editor. But, since creating a VRT file manually can be tedious, we will use the gdalbuildvrt utility.

The MODIS raster we use ...

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