I read and understood the following GIS question and the accepted answer,


I can return the value in the ShortestLength variable (required for my project).

My question is: what is the measurement of this variable (ie.) Is it in kilometer or meter or do I have to convert it using the diameter of the earth?

I'm not sure. Can someone suggest a solution?

  • If you are in a projected coordinate system, it is going to be in the same units used for that coordinate system (e.g. if the units are meters than the measurement will be in meters). – jbchurchill Sep 11 '14 at 12:30

If I understand the question and its answer correctly, you would need to use the earth's radius to get from the answer in that question to a measurement in kilometers etc.

See this page, in particular the sections on calculating the Bearing and Cross-track distance

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  • I found the distance between (x3,y3) and (x4,y4) which gave the perpendicular distance. – Mohan Sep 11 '14 at 13:28

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