I am using Network Analyst to run some analyses on global networks. In particular, I am trying to find shortest distances between points. However, I noticed that routes are not crossing the Pacific. There must be some disjoint at each edge of the network, rather than connecting from one side to the other. I assume the problem stems from representing a 3D problem in 2D.
As an example, a route from Vancouver to Japan will go south, through the Panama Canal, across the Atlantic, around the southern tip of Africa and then diagonal up to Japan. Of course, the shortest path is directly across the Pacific.
Any idea of how to remedy this issue?