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A geodesic is the shortest path between two points on a curved surface; in this context applies to questions where the curved surface is the earth's surface.

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Planar vs. Geodesic large differences

Using ArcMap aerial image in WGS84 my line measurements in Planar seem to come out very high, while Geodesic seems accurate. I am concerned about this and wonder why Planar measurement does not match ...
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ArcPy Insert cursor losing vertices when writing Polygon features?

I'm currently trying to code a geodesic buffer from points (the one that is implemented in ArcGIS is very slow). The idea is to calculate 100 point coordinates (P_Buffer) around an initial point (P) ...
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Hive GIS ST_GeodesicLengthWGS84 not returning expected distance

I am trying to find the distance between two points (in meters and not degrees) using GIS Tools for Hadoop by ESRI. The ST_Length provides distance in degrees and hence I used the ...
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What's wrong in using latitude and longitude as X and Y on a Cartesian space?

What can go wrong and what kind of error can build up if I use geodetic coordinates as if they were cartesian and place my objects into my world with no conversion formulas?
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JTS Vividsolutions API: compute First (direct) geodetic problem

I'm using the popular JTS Vividsolutions API for Java. I'm struggling to find if I can perform calculation of the First (direct) geodetic problem with the API. Is there a way to calculate this with ...
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Measuring Geodesic Distance in ArcGIS for Desktop? [closed]

I'm working with only a basic/student license for ArcGIS 10.1 on an ocean mapping project. I've created a grid that covers all ocean area, capturing various characteristics within that grid (the ...
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Get Radius in epsg 4326 with Openlayers 3

What is the best method for getting the radius of a circle in Openlayers 3 in epsg 4326 (geodesic)? I'm using this example for a base and trying to draw a circle while getting the radius, but using ...
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testing if a Geodesic polygon contains a point c++

I am looking for an algorithm, preferrably in C++, that can take a point (lon,lat) and determine whether that point is inside a geodesic polygon. Is there such an algorithm freely available?
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How to draw a circle in OpenLayers 2 and measure its radius dynamically?

With OpenLayers 2.13, I want to draw a circle and obtain its radius at each mousemove. The radius would then be returned as arguments of a callback function, for example. But of course, this is not ...
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Modifying straight line segments so they follow geodesic / great circle paths using QGIS

I have a kml file showing a dodecahedron stretched across the surfce of a globe, which I downloaded here: http://montalk.net/cgi-bin/coordinates.py I would like to re-project this dodecahedron so I ...
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Direct Geodesic with Point 2 Azimuth

I am trying to find a way to calculate the direct problem on the WGS-84 ellipsoid but instead of using the initial Azimuth (e.g. lat1, lon1, distance, fwd azi), I want to compute it with the reverse ...
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I think I understand the whole rhumb line and great circle idea but I can't seem to find an answer on this question. Suppose I am driving a car (i don't use ship because I don't want to put the ...
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Calculate geographic position based on azimuth, distance and height [duplicate]

How to calculate the geographic position of an object in sky (Point B)(like an aircraft) from Home Point (Point A) based on only four variables: Lattitude and Longitude at Home Point, Azimuth at ...
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Alternatives to the Vincenty geodesic functions in OpenLayers 3?

I'm migrating an application from OpenLayers 2 which uses OpenLayers.Util.destinationVincenty() to compute the projected latitude and longitude of a point from an origin given an angle and distance in ...
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Prior art on rhumb line and great ellipse areas?

I'm adding the computation of the area betweeen a rhumb line or a great ellipse and the equator to GeographicLib. My formulations are briefly given in here and here. These formulations are similar ...
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How to validate OpenLayers area calculation using PostGIS?

I am working on a GIS API that work on top of OpenLayers. I have a feature that calculates the area of a drawn polygon. I have tested it on the browser and the areas I got, appear to be correct. For ...
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Which one of these azimuth values is the right one? And why?

First of all, let's make clear that I want the Azimuth on the surface of the Earth, i.e. the angle between two locations, for example New York and Moscow. I am testing some azimuth calculations with ...
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Is the Azimuth on the equator equal to the one not on the equator?

I am trying to fully understand the concept of Azimuth and I am encountering some inconsistencies (or maybe it is my error). I show you some examples that do not match, hoping somebody can explain me ...
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Air corridor in spherical surface: calculating great circle tangent points with small circles

I have the necessity to draw on a sphere (earth) an air corridor. In the cartesian plane, this corridor is made by some circles and from outer tangents that connect these circles as you can see in ...
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Geodesic measurements for short distances throughout US?

My ArcGIS experience has been limited to working on large-scale maps with planar projections. I'm moving to a project in which I want to calculate the distance between pro sports facilities throughout ...
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Why does ArcGIS 10 Buffer not provide accurate geodesic buffer?

I created a shapefile following these criteria as recommended for Performing Geodesic Buffering: The input feature class must be a point or multipoint dataset. (shapefile is a point) The input ...
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calculating bounding box from known centre coordinate and zoom

I have a map, the centre of that map (centrepoint) is = -37,175 ( gps) I know the zoom of the map = 13 I know the size = 320x320px I know there is 111111m in a degree of latitude and a varying degree ...
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How to compute geodesic area in GeoDjango?

I have some polygons which can be anywhere in the world. I would like to compute their areas. The GeoDjango docs for GEOSGeometry.area don't specify whether it is geometric or geodesic area, but ...
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Creating a Geodesic Polyline Buffer in OpenLayers

I have a feeling that the answer is going to be 'You can't do that without some very complex coding' but I thought I'd go for it anyway. I recently asked Creating a Polyline Buffer in OpenLayers, and ...
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How to generate geodesic linestring from two points in C#

I'm looking for a FREE C# class, library or set of functions that will allow me to generate a geodesic linestring (or array of vertices, whatever) from two decimal degree points. I've found ...
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Are long lines in shapefiles to be considered geodesics or straight lines in the 2D latlong space?

Is there a definition on how lines connect vertices in the shapefile format? In the simplest case, imagine a line with only 2 points, from 40,-118 to 40,-112 - that's somewhere random in the US - ...