I receive some distance differences in degrees, like this:


using this function:

def radius(gpd_df, cpt, radius):
    sindex = gpd_df.sindex

    bbox = (cpt.geometry.x-radius, 

    good = []
    for n in sindex.intersection(bbox):
        dist = cpt.geometry.distance(gpd_df['geometry'][n])
        if dist<radius:


    return [x for x in good]

How do I transform that distance into meters in Python?

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    The distance between points on earth depends on latitude and longitude. You can't just take distance in degrees and transform it to meters. – Comrade Che Nov 1 '19 at 12:25
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    Not without a lot of calculation and knowing the start- and endpoint of the distance measured. 1 degree at the equator is about 110 km from east to west, while at the polar circle it's only 39 km. – Erik Nov 1 '19 at 12:25
  • @erick see my edited question – Dervin Thunk Nov 1 '19 at 12:33
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    Cartesian degrees are useless. If the units are angular, you need a geodesic function (or an approximation, like haversine) to compute distance in linear units. Fortunately, there are a number of such tools. – Vince Nov 1 '19 at 12:35

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