A Python command line utility, based on GDAL and inspired by gdal2tiles, to generate terrain heightmap tiles accordig to the native Cesium format

Any raster source supported by GDAL can be used. It can process multiple sources, with different size, resolution and covering area. The only requirement is that sources must have the same data type (Float32, Int16, etc.). You can transform the data type using gdal_translate. The original data will be merged according to the following rules:

This rules generate an optimal tiles coverage: tiles are generated only for those areas and zoom levels where a source meeting the required resolution is available. For each tile the data with the best resolution is choosen between the available sources.

Sources with different CRSs can be used but it's preferable and recommended to use data previously transformed to EPSG:4326 (WGS84). This will make the processing a lot faster.

NODATA values inside the raster sources must be set to 0. An example of pre processing is:

gdalwarp -s_srs epsg:3003 -t_srs epsg:4326 -srcnodata 9999 -dstnodata 0 source.tiff dest.tiff

gdalwarp will transform the source data to WGSS84 and set the destination NODATA value to 0.


Usage: [options] input_file(s)

  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -s S_SRS, --s_srs=S_SRS
                        Define input raster CRS (eg EPSG:3003)
  -z ZOOM, --zoom=ZOOM  Zoom levels to render (format:'2-5' or '10').
  -r RESAMPLING, --resampling=RESAMPLING
                        Resampling method
                        (average,near,bilinear,cubic,cubicspline,lanczos) -
                        default 'average'
  -e, --resume          Resume mode. Generate only missing files.
  -v, --verbose         Print status messages to stdout
  -o OUTPUT, --o_dir=OUTPUT
                        Root output directory
  -i, --index           Create the shapefile of tiles index (True or False)
  -k, --keep            Keep temporary files reated by gdal2cesium

Example usage with tiff sources already in EPSG:4326:

./ -o tiles *.tiff

The ouput tiles directory will be saved into the /tiles subfolder