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How to convert GoLIVE NetCDF variables to GeoTIFF

This How To guide will illustrate the function to perform in order to convert NetCDF variables to single-band GeoTIFFs. The GeoTIFF files that are hosted on the GoLIVE FTP archive are geolocated multi-band browse images of the vv_masked variable, but are not intended to be used in data analysis. You will need to have the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL, http://gdal.org/) installed on your system before continuing. Once you have acquired the NetCDF file of the tile(s) you are interested in and have GDAL installed, you may execute the following command: 

gdal_translate NETCDF:"GoLIVE_Input_FileName.nc":GoLIVE_var GoLIVE_Output_FileName.tif

You should now have a single-band tif containing the variable of interest with associated metadata. Below is the output of the following command, which converts vv_masked to tif: 
​gdal_translate NETCDF:"L8_060_018_016_2013_330_2013_346_v1.nc":vv_masked GoLIVE-vv_masked.tif

Last Updated January 2018

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