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Trouble calculating areas in QGIS using field calculator

I am testing various projections to calculate areas using ICES statistical shapefiles and the QGIS field calculator. I am using ICES areas downloadable from the following link: ...
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Pros and Cons of a latitude adjustment grid vs other methods of area calculations

When working with high resolution global raster data in WGS 1984 I often need to calculate areas. Now the traditional way for me to achieve this has been to reproject the data to an equal area ...
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Defining projection, reprojecting, and wrong area values [duplicate]

Apologies for duplication--this was mentioned in a previous post, but was suggested that this specific problem should be posted separately. My data: http://water.usgs.gov/GIS/dsdl/aquifrp025.tar.gz ...
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Cannot obtain correct area values *With* correct projections

I'm trying to get the percentage of each U.S. county overlaying groundwater (data from the census and USGS respectively). They're both polygons. I have 1) correctly projected the data and the layer ...
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Projecting polygon when calculating its area? [duplicate]

I have a broad range of polygons (in vector format and in SpatialPolygonsDataFrame class), some going east-west, others going south-north, while even others span polar regions or very large ranges as ...
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1answer
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Equal (ish) areas Map Projection at the Tropics

What map projection (non-interrupted) preserves areas well for the entire tropical region? I am thinking of using a Cylindrical Equal Area or a sphere based version of a Cylindrical Equal Area or ...
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How can I obtain the same area values provided by the Census for TIGER boundaries using PostGIS functions?

In PostGIS, how can I compute the area of Census Boundaries and obtain the same results as are provided by the Census? For example, most Census Boundaries include attributes for Land Area and Water ...
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187 views

Using a different projection to calculate areas using the Field Calculator

I have a dataset that is in a WGS84_UTM projected coordinate system, can I force the Field Calculator to use another coordinate system when I use it to calculate areas using pythons ...
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0answers
542 views

Projecting a Raster from WGS84 to planar Equal Area to Calculate Area: How to Select the Cell Size?

I have a broad question on how to calculate the 'correct' cell size for a raster when analyzing an area not at the equator. My goal is to project a land cover raster provided in GCS WGS84 to an equal ...
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220 views

How to compute area for polygons in an EPSG:4326 shapefile?

I have a shapefile covering the whole globe, in EPSG:4326 (geodetic WGS84). I would need to compute the polygons areas in a metric such as km2. How can I do that in QGIS or with gdal/ogr and having a ...
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2answers
377 views

How to scale/reduce my polygon without changing the central lat & long?

I am writing a VBA code to resize my polygon, I get a input as vector points(Shape file). The code below resizes it as according to my scale factor but my central latitude and longitude are also ...
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1answer
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What are the units of the calculated area from a raster in decimal degree

I'm trying to calculate area for a raster file which contains 2 layers (0 for unsuitable habitat and 1 for suitable). It's been calculated successfully but I don't know what is the unit of the ...
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1answer
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Compute global DEM topographic indices and compromise projections

I would like to compute global topographic indices based on SRTM elevation data. These indices are computed along river/channel networks extracted from a DEM and are a functions of both local slope ...
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Which area measurement to trust? - The same polygon in GoogleEarth v. ArcGIS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the most accurate coordinate system for calculating areas of polygons? I'm currently involved in comparing the "official metropolitan" areas of several cities ...
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2answers
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Projections appropriate for global analysis that preserve area and that preserve distance (but not necessarily in the same projection)

I am looking for a projection (or a set of projections) that decently preserve distances so that I can buffer every country in the world and have a similar level of minimal distortion for each. I ...
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3answers
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Calculate projected area of polygons with field calculator in ArcMap 10

I've got a polygon featurelayer in arcmap. The coordinate system of the featurelayer's featureclass is web mercator. The dataframe of the map uses an equal-area projected coordinate system. I've ...
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How can I measure area from geographic coordinates?

If I have polygons in geographic coordinates (WGS84), how do I measure the total area each takes on the surface of the earth, taking into account the curvature of the earth?