readers.hdf

The HDF reader reads data from files in the HDF5 format. You must explicitly specify a mapping of HDF datasets to PDAL dimensions using the dimensions parameter. ALL dimensions must be scalars and be of the same length. Compound types are not supported at this time.

Dynamic Plugin

This stage requires a dynamic plugin to operate

Streamable Stage

This stage supports streaming operations

Example

This example reads from the Autzen HDF example with all dimension properly mapped and then outputs a LAS file.

[
    {
        "type": "readers.hdf",
        "filename": "test/data/hdf/autzen.h5",
        "dimensions":
        {
            "X" : "autzen/X",
            "Y" : "autzen/Y",
            "Z" : "autzen/Z",
            "Red" : "autzen/Red",
            "Blue" : "autzen/Blue",
            "Green" : "autzen/Green",
            "Classification" : "autzen/Classification",
            "EdgeOfFlightLine" : "autzen/EdgeOfFlightLine",
            "GpsTime" : "autzen/GpsTime",
            "Intensity" : "autzen/Intensity",
            "NumberOfReturns" : "autzen/NumberOfReturns",
            "PointSourceId" : "autzen/PointSourceId",
            "ReturnNumber" : "autzen/ReturnNumber",
            "ScanAngleRank" : "autzen/ScanAngleRank",
            "ScanDirectionFlag" : "autzen/ScanDirectionFlag",
            "UserData" : "autzen/UserData"
        }
    },
    {
        "type" : "writers.las",
        "filename": "output.las",
        "scale_x": 1.0e-5,
        "scale_y": 1.0e-5,
        "scale_z": 1.0e-5,
        "offset_x": "auto",
        "offset_y": "auto",
        "offset_z": "auto"
    }
]

Note

All dimensions must be simple numeric HDF datasets with equal lengths. Compound types, enum types, string types, etc. are not supported.

Warning

The HDF reader does not set an SRS.

Common Use Cases

A possible use case for this driver is reading NASA’s ICESat-2 data. This example reads the X, Y, and Z coordinates from the ICESat-2 ATL03 format and converts them into a LAS file.

Note

ICESat-2 data use EPSG:7912. ICESat-2 Data products documentation can be found here

[
    {
        "type": "readers.hdf",
        "filename": "ATL03_20190906201911_10800413_002_01.h5",
        "dimensions":
        {
            "X" : "gt1l/heights/lon_ph",
            "Y" : "gt1l/heights/lat_ph",
            "Z" : "gt1l/heights/h_ph"
        }
    },
    {
        "type" : "writers.las",
        "filename": "output.las"
    }
]

Options

count

Maximum number of points to read. [Default: unlimited]

override_srs

Spatial reference to apply to the data. Overrides any SRS in the input itself. Can be specified as a WKT, proj.4 or EPSG string. Can’t use with ‘default_srs’ [Default: none]

default_srs

Spatial reference to apply to the data if the input does not specify one. Can be specified as a WKT, proj.4 or EPSG string. Can’t use with ‘override_srs’ [Default: none]

dimensions

A JSON map with PDAL dimension names as the keys and HDF dataset paths as the values.