Define projection and range

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The map shown in front of this map is obviously an area, but it doesn't look the same. This map uses another map projection.

In projection definition part of Mapfile, projection is processed by the parameters through the Proj.4 library. For more information about the PROJ.4 library, visit .

The following is the Mapfile source file used in this example:

01 MAP
02     IMAGETYPE "PNG24"
03     EXTENT -20042150 -20000000 20104978 20000000
04     SIZE 400 400
05     SHAPEPATH "/gdata"
06     SYMBOLSET "../symbols/symbols35.sym"
07     FONTSET "../fonts/fonts.list"
09         "init=epsg:3857"
10     END
11     LAYER
12         NAME "states"
13         DATA "wcountry.shp"
14         STATUS OFF
15         TYPE POLYGON
16         PROJECTION
17             "init=epsg:4326"
18         END
19         CLASS
20             NAME "States"
21             EXPRESSION "land"
22             STYLE
23                 COLOR 232 232 232
24             END
25         END
26     END
27     LAYER
28         NAME "modis"
29         DATA "land_shallow_topo_8192.tif"
30         STATUS OFF
31         TYPE RASTER
32         PROCESSING "BANDS=1,2,3"
33         PROJECTION
34             "init=epsg:4326"
35         END
36     END
37     LAYER
38         NAME "states"
39         DATA "wcountry.shp"
40         STATUS OFF
41         TYPE LINE
42         PROJECTION
43             "init=epsg:4326"
44         END
45         CLASS
46             NAME "State Boundary"
47             STYLE
48                 SYMBOL "line5"
49                 COLOR 255 255 0
50                 SIZE 1
51             END
52         END
53     END
54 END

The file changes are as follows:

n3    EXTENT -180 -90 180 90n3    EXTENT -20042150 -20000000 20104978 20000000
4    SIZE 600 3004    SIZE 400 400
5    SHAPEPATH "/gdata"5    SHAPEPATH "/gdata"
n6    IMAGECOLOR 255 255 255n6    SYMBOLSET "../symbols/symbols35.sym"
7    FONTSET "../fonts/fonts.list"7    FONTSET "../fonts/fonts.list"
n8    SYMBOLSET "../symbols/symbols35.sym"n8    PROJECTION
9        "init=epsg:3857"
10    END
11    LAYER
12        NAME "states"
13        DATA "wcountry.shp"
14        STATUS OFF
15        TYPE POLYGON
16        PROJECTION
17            "init=epsg:4326"
18        END
19        CLASS
20            NAME "States"
21            EXPRESSION "land"
22            STYLE
23                COLOR 232 232 232
24            END
25        END
26    END
9    LAYER27    LAYER
14        PROCESSING "BANDS=1,2,3"32        PROCESSING "BANDS=1,2,3"
n15        OFFSITE 71 74 65n33        PROJECTION
34            "init=epsg:4326"
35        END
16    END36    END
17    LAYER37    LAYER
n18        NAME "states_line"n38        NAME "states"
19        DATA "wcountry.shp"39        DATA "wcountry.shp"
21        TYPE LINE41        TYPE LINE
tt42        PROJECTION
43            "init=epsg:4326"
44        END
22        CLASS45        CLASS

First notice that MapFile is the original EXTENT is replaced with a new range value, which does not look like longitude or latitude. In addition, a projection object PROJECTION has been added, and the PROJECTION definition has been added to LAYER.

Take a look at the parameters of the new spatial range:

EXTENT 201621.496941 -294488.285333 1425518.020722 498254.511514

Writing in Mapfile

You can define a projection in a MAP object, as well as in a LAYER object. A projection can be defined in a MAP object (defined only once, but multiple can be defined), and the projection of this definition is the output projection of the map, through which MapServer will render the map results. The projection defined in the LAYER object is an input projection, that is, a projection of the data corresponding to the Layer object. The definition of a projection in a Layer object can be different from that in a Map object, and the MapServer will be projected and re-projected into the output projection. If there is no projection information in the LAYER object, MapServer assumes that the input projection is consistent with the output projection.

In Mapfile, PROJECTION objects are not required. However, if you want to support the OGC Interoperability Specification (WMS/WFS/WCS), you still need to define it clearly in Mapfile.

Defined only once in the map object, this definition becomes your output projection-MapServer will render your map in this projection. You can also use projection object layer objects to define input projections. You can project them in different layers, MapServer will reproject them to your output projection. If no objects within the projection layer are defined, MapServer assumes the input projection is the same as the output projection. This is not the desired object unless you create a map file that supports an OGC interoperable WEB service specification (WMS/WFS/WCS).

The projection of MapServer defines two ways. The traditional approach is defined by the Proj.4 parameter, such as the Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area projection defined below.

This is the output projection definition:


Another way is to use the EPSG code. These codes are standard projection codes (or spatial reference identifiers) defined by the European Petroleum Research Organization (EPSG). In the MapServer, the following EPSG code definition, the following EPSG:2163 also means (Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area), the effect is the same:


If you want to know more about the EPSG code, check out /usr/ROJ/PSG or C:/PROJ/NAD/EPSG (/ms4w/proj/nad MS4W). In addition, check out the EPSG website Http:// .

Calculating projected coordinates with cs2cs

You can use QGIS or some other GIS software package to calculate the projected coordinates, or you can use the cs2cs tool of PROJ.4. The following commands are the original range values ​​that can be used to reproject:

Cs2cs +proj=latlong +datum=WGS84 +to +proj=laea +ellps=clrk66 +lat_0=45 +lon_0=-100

After typing the command, enter the southwest coordinate pair (lower left coordinates), separated by a space: -97.54 1.619778

The result returned by the cs2cs utility is:

208398.01 -372335.44 0.000

Next, type the northeast coordinate pair (the upper right corner coordinate), also separated by a space: `-82.122902 49.38562, return the following values:

1285308.08 632638.93 0.000

cs2cs returns the ternary value. The third value of 0.000 can be ignored, which means that the altitude is high (we don't use it).

Now you can define the extent of the map under this projection in the Mapfile:

EXTENT 208398.01 -372335.44 1285308.08 632638.93

Note that the definition here is different from what is actually used in the Mapfile. When reprojecting, the map results defined using the range of data may not be as expected. By considering the range of "buffering", the range is extended several kilometers above and below (depending on the projection and the specific application). How much extra expansion is needed can be assisted by desktop GIS software such as QGIS, which may be more convenient.

Map Projection Online Document

If you need more information about map projection, check out some of the links below: