Algorithm Walk-through: How to Visualize a Large GeoTIFF on Your Web Map

Daniel J. Dufour

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GeoRasterLayer is a plugin for Leaflet that enables users to add GeoTIFF files to their web maps. By removing the need for a tile server, GeoRasterLayer can save users a lot of effort and money, but building the plugin didn't come without its challenges. This talk walks through the algorithm for visualizing large GeoTIFF files on a web map while boosting performance. Specifically it will discuss the algorithm implemented for the Leaflet plugin, but the lessons learned can apply to any web mapping library. It will cover topics like cloud optimized geotiffs, nearest-neighbor interpolation, raster resolution, and projections.