I have data with lon lat pairs that I'm converting to geography types. Some of the pairs, however, are corrupt -- in my case, very negative values for longitude.

Is there a helper function in postgis that I can use to exclude such pairs? I'd like to exclude rows whose lon lat values aren't valid given the range of my coordinate system.

I'd like to do something like:

select *
from data_with_lonlats
where POINT_IS_VALID(ST_POINT(longitude, latitude), 4326)

where 4326 is my coordinate system, which has range [-180 -90, 180 90].

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    As you know the crs range why not something "(longitude BETWEEN -180 AND 180) AND (latitude BETWEEN -90 AND 90)"
    – J.R
    Aug 22, 2018 at 15:14
  • You would use your lat & lon as the rule and exclude lat & lon that weren't true to the rule. So, Select * from table where lat between # and # AND Lon between # and #
    – enolan
    Aug 22, 2018 at 15:38
  • I could! haha. i'm wondering if there's something built-in. It seems like there is... when i try to make a geography for the point, postgres warns that it's coercing the value to fit in the range. is that process using a helper function to check if it needs to coerce the value? if so, can i use it? Aug 22, 2018 at 17:43
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    i'd also be interested in something that does this for polygons... and the between logic isn't useful there Aug 22, 2018 at 17:44
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    PostGIS does not know coordinate system bounds.
    – CL.
    Aug 23, 2018 at 7:24

1 Answer 1


Here's a function to do this:

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION is_valid_geography(geometry) RETURNS boolean AS
  'SELECT ST_XMin($1) >= -180 AND ST_XMax($1) <= 180 AND
          ST_YMin($1) >= -90 AND ST_YMax($1) <= 90;'

It should work on any type of geometry.

  • thanks - accepting as correct, unless/until someone identifies a built in function Aug 23, 2018 at 15:46

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