I have a natural resources dataset where individual seedlings in canopy gaps were recorded from a center "legacy tree" within each canopy gap. Each sapling has the following measurements associated with it:
- Legacy tree GPS xy coordinates (i.e. a center location in the canopy gap)
- Bearing to sapling from the legacy tree (e.g. 218 degrees)
- Distance in meters from the legacy tree
There are thousands of these individual tree locations, so an automated approach would be best.
How can I convert this dataset into a point shapefile/featureclass? ArcGIS, Arcpy/Python and R solutions would be especially useful.