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Plugin for gdal-async allowing zero-copy I/O from and to scijs/ndarray and @stdlib/ndarray.

This module requires at least gdal-async@3.3.0.


For scijs/ndarray:

npm install --save gdal-async ndarray ndarray-gdal

For @stdlib/ndarray:

npm install --save gdal-async @stdlib/ndarray ndarray-gdal

(beware, @stdlib/ndarray causes npm@6 to hang, you need at least npm@7)


const gdal = require('gdal-async');
const ndarray = require('ndarray');

const ds = gdal.open('test/sample.tif');
const band = ds.bands.get(1);

// Creating a new ndarray
const nd1 = band.pixels.readArray({ width: ds.rasterSize.x, height: ds.rasterSize.y });

// Reading into existing ndarray with a non-default stride
const nd2 = ndarray(new Uint8Array(ds.rasterSize.x * ds.rasterSize.y),
                    [ ds.rasterSize.y, ds.rasterSize.x ], [ ds.rasterSize.x, -1 ]);
// read the whole raster band fitting it in the array, resampling if needed
band.pixels.readArray({ data: nd2 });

// Writing from an ndarray (size can be deduced from the array)
band.pixels.writeArray({ data: nd2 });

I/O from and to all strides is supported without copying/rotation, but positive/positive row-major stride will be the fastest as this is usually the ordering that matches the file format. Interleaving is provided by the GDAL C++ implementation which uses SIMD instructions on CPUs that support it.

⚠️ The default coordinate order in GDAL is (x, y), while ndarray uses (y, x)

Multi-dimensional arrays

When used with GDAL >= 3.1, ndarray-gdal supports the new Multidimensional Raster Data Model.

const gdal_array = gdal.open('gfs.t00z.alnsf.nc', 'mr').root.arrays.get('alnsf');
// Into existing ndarray keeping its stride
const nd1 = ndarray(new Float32Array(array.length), 
                    gdal_array.dimensions.map((dim) => dim.size));
gdal_array.readArray({ data: nd });
// Into a new ndarray
const nd2 = gdal_array.readArray();
// Async
const nd3 = await gdal_array.readArrayAsync();

Multidimensional arrays are currently read-only.


TypeScript is supported via a module augmentation definition file.

npm install --save-dev @types/ndarray @stdlib/types
import * as gdal from 'gdal-async';
import ndarray from 'ndarray';
import 'ndarray-gdal';

const ds: gdal.Dataset = gdal.open('test/sample.tif');
const nd: ndarray.NdArray = ds.bands.get(1).pixels.readArray({
                width: ds.rasterSize.x, 
                height: ds.rasterSize.y });

Asynchronous I/O

Same rules for asynchronous I/O as gdal-async apply, you should refer to its documentation.

const nd = await gdal.openAsync('test/sample.tif')
            .then((ds) => ds.bands.getAsync(1))
            .then((band) => band.pixels.readArrayAsync())
            .catch((e) => console.error(`bad things happened ${e}`));


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