Is there a method using QGis to calculate the direction (degree) of the minimum distance from a point to a line.

I already have: - Point shapefile with hundreds of points; - Linear Shapefile with coast line;

I'm finding: - New shapefile with minimum direction from to coastline with a column in its attribute table showing the degree (from north) to these lines.

Min dist direction

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    May be this can help : gis.stackexchange.com/questions/207004/…, you will get the distance to the nearest node of a line Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 20:31
  • Thanks, but I'm searching the DIRECTION (degree) of these minimum distance line!!
    – Mr Prince
    Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 23:36
  • But you need the lines, too, yes? If you follow the linked post to generate these lines, calculating the azimuth is simple.
    – jcarlson
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 2:04

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Open Field Calculator, add a new field to your minimum distance lines attribute table.

Enter the expression degrees( azimuth( start_point( $geometry), end_point( $geometry))).

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