I'm a little bit new to GIS, so bear with me a minute....
I'm using QGIS 1.7.4-Wroclaw and working with an SHP layer in WGS84. I want to buffer out to a certain number of kilometers from this layer using the ftools buffer tool.
I understand that the buffer tool always uses the layer units, which for WGS84 are decimal degrees. We all know that degrees don't convert consistently to meters, so how should I go about making my buffers? Is it necessary for me to convert the shapefiles to a different CRS that natively uses meters? If so, how do I choose one?
Thanks for your patience.