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I would suggest you avoid procedures that are documented as being "legacy" when working with new databases. Cross-database queries in SQL-Server are inefficient, and should be avoided as general practice, but if you really want to create such a view, the table should have a native geometry type (GEOMETRY or GEOGRAPHY). Then all you need to do is register ...


The elevation service on ArcGIS Online includes ready to use worldwide data, and also a built in raster function to generate aspect. It's also pretty simple to filter simultaneously for a range of aspect values (290-250 degrees) as well as elevation (e.g. 0 to 10 meters, depending on how you define a beach - or perhaps you already have the beaches ...

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