Using QGIS, if I load a polygon layer and make a new column, how do I fill that column with the:
- area of each polygon and another column with
- length of the perimeter of each polygon?
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Open field calculator, select the new column and type the following expression
Make sure your layer is in a projected coordinate system (not lat/long ) and in correct units. ( i.e. if your layer's projection has 'meters' as units, your area will be square meters ) Note that reprojecting layers on-the-fly does not change the units for area/perimeter calculation, so you have to first reproject using Save as ... with the correct target CRS.
You also can use fTools: Vector menu -> Geometry Tools -> Export/Add geometry columns
It updates your layer automatically by adding AREA and PERIMETER columns.