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Euclidean Distance Function performed on unprojected data

I am looking to perform a simple multi-criteria analysis on a data set comprised of two criterion: occurence of wildfires and road accessibility. First, the project CRS was enabled with "on the fly" ...
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How to set a coordinate transformation GRID

Does anyone know how to set a coordinate transformation in qgis so I can measure the distances in meters or kilometers? If anyone has a clue, would be just great. Thanks!
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Calculating closest distances in meters/kilometers given lat/long coordinates?

I am using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop. I have a shape file containing points worldwide with lat and long, and another world map polygon file whose Geographic Coordinate System is GCS_WGS_1984 and Datum ...
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calculate distance between points crossing the antimeridian

How can I calculate the distance between two points (lon/lat) if any of the points exceeds the antimeridian (+-180 longitude)? Im using the distVincentyEllipsoid {geosphere} to calculate the shortest ...
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using PostGIS to calculate distance of a route over a large area

I'm new to PostGIS and looking to measure the distance of the Pacific Crest Trail which spans western North America from Canada to Mexico. I have a data set containing the lat lon and dates from GPX ...
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Equidistant projection for northern Delaware

I'm just getting started on a long-term project involving northern Delaware. Most of my distances will use great circle distances from the lat/lon, but for a few applications I'll wind up using ...
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Variation of algorithms to find point from another point with bearing and distance

There are several algorithms to calculate distance between two latitude/longitude points. Haversine Hubeny Lambert-Andoyer Vincenty's formulae for inverse problem But there are not so many ...
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Calculate distance in QGIS, wrong geographic projection?

I'm trying to do the following: I have 2 shapefiles, one containing all the public schools in NY, another one containing the hotspots in NY (both in points form). Now what I'm trying to do is ...
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Distance between latlongs varies in different projection systems?

I have shapefiles with correct projections. The SRS is EPSG 32735 (WGS 1984 UTM 35S) Now, I have these two coordinates from this projection system: (31.3751,-23.4388) and (31.3779,-23.4355). ...
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Sort a collection of points based on proximity using pythagorean (2D) distance

I would like to present a user with a list of points, sorted by proximity to the user's location. Is there any problem with using the pythagorean formula to calculate the two dimensional distance ...
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Does IDistanceOP.EucDistanceFull require a projected coordinate system?

I have designed an implementation of ArcObjects' IDistanceOP.EucDistanceFull. It takes its input as a feature class and converts it to a GeoDataset with which EucDistanceFull can work with. It works ...
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What is the approximate error of the Pythagorean Theorem vs. Haversine Formula in measuring distances on a sphere at various scales?

Many people when first trying to calculate distances between two longitude / latitude pairs ask if Pythagorean theorem works as an appropriate distance function. Most often people answer "no, the ...
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Find projection of a point to a line

I have a segment defined by 2 LatLon points(A and B) and a third LatLon point (C). I need an alghorithm, formulae, or some code to find the projection point of C on the segment AB (call this point D) ...
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Correct coordinate systems, but trustworthy distance between points?

I have limited GIS experience with projections and I have some questions about trying to accurately display point data from two different sources in ArcGIS 10.1 in order to do a proximity analysis. ...
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Converting lat lon into co-ordinates (in ft of m)

I have a set of latitude and longitude of a series of points which specific the trajectory of a vehicle. If I consider the first point as the origin (0,0), is it possible to convert the trajectory ...
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Recovering Latitude and Longitude from Albers to Compute Distance

I have a shapefile of U.S. counties in USA Contiguous Albers Equal Area Conic. I want to do distance calculations. For example, distances from one county to another. I do not know how to interpret ...
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Calculate distance in km to nearest points (given in lat/long) using ArcGIS

I have two point datasets in ArcGIS, both of which are given in WGS84 lat/lon co-ordinates and the points are spread across the whole world. I would like to find the nearest point in Dataset A to each ...
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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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Distances in {Plate Carrée projection - EPSG:4326 - WGS84}

So, "4326 is just the EPSG identifier of WGS84" [3], indeed http://spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/4326/html/ says it is a GEOGraphic Coordinate System: GEOGCS["WGS 84", DATUM["WGS_1984", ...
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How to calculate how long an arc second is for a given long/lat?

The title says it all, really. I am wondering what area is covered by a dataset which is one arc second wide. Thanks, Rob
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How do I get the distance meter value between two geometries in PostGIS?

I have a simple question about calculating distances in PostGIS. I would like to get the distance between two geometries. I am using this sid : 4269 in meters what i am doing now is this : ...
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Projecting gps data to get length of resulting line shape in ArcMap 10.0

I have gps data in WGS84 geographic coordinates. I will use the gps data to build a line shape in ArcMap 10.0. The data falls in UTM 15N. To get most accurate length of line, should I project the ...
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Better Distance Measurements in Web Mercator Projection

I am working with an ESRI stack, storing my layers in a sql-spatial-enabled-SDE- geodatabase (Geometry type, Web Mercator-3857). I am building a web mapping application, so by default, the tiles are ...
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Measuring distance in spherical Mercator vs zoned UTM

I've got points in WGS84 lat/long and I'd like to measure "small" (less than say 5km) distances between them. I can use the haversine formula from http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html ...
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Why is the 'straight line' path across continent so curved?

This is the result of mapping the straight line path from a point in US to Poland using Distance Measurement Tool. Also, planes from Asia to US would travel almost over North Pole. Why is the path ...
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What kinds of line segments/edges require high accuracy in a true surface-of-the-ellipsoid representation?

I've been musing (and doing prototype coding) for a 'projection free' geographic codebase with your basic point, line & polygon primitives. Rather than dealing with all the sacrifices that come ...
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What is the right solution (and map projection) to compute distances between points located all over the World?

After my study on map projection I realized that it is very difficult to choose a projection that allows to compute simultaneously the distances between a great deal of points if these points are ...
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No difference between distances measured in projected and non-projected data

I'm performing measurements of distances in Km between a lot of localities by using the "Point Distance" in ArcGis 9.3. I realized that the results obtained after using projected coordinate system are ...