I have a single point that I would like to make a buffer around. The point CRS is NAD83 EPSG:4269 +proj=longlat +ellps=GRS80 +towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +no_defs.

When I created a Fixed distance buffer, at just 10 meters, the buffer is huge. And I know it is incorrect because it is larger than the size of Texas and Texas is not 10 meters wide I'm pretty sure.

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    Sounds like your buffer distance is actually 10 degrees, not 10 meters.
    – Dan C
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 18:22
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    @DanC I was thinking the same thing, but I was under the impression that the CRS I am using is in meters, so shouldn't it create the buffer in meters? And is there any way to change this?
    – NaN
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 18:23
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    Texas is about 10 degrees N/S, so I'd bet @DanC is right. Your projection also says proj=longlat. Reproject to something that uses meters and then try remaking your buffer.
    – lambertj
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 18:40
  • Just as an experiment, given that 1 second of width or height is approximately 100 feet, try entering 0.00009258 as your buffer width. This is the decimal equivalent of 1/3 of a second. I do agree with @DanC & lambertj that your layer is in geographic coordinates, and should be reprojected into a NAD83 metric system, then create the buffer.
    – jbgramm
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 19:05
  • Units in EPSG:4269 are degrees epsg.io/4269.
    – user30184
    Commented Mar 22, 2018 at 19:23


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