I am looking for an expression in QGIS that allows me to select polygon features (layer 1, red polygons), that intersect more than 50 percent of the buffer ring around a point feature of another layer (layer 2, green point).

The buffer does not touch the buffered feature. It has a certain distance to it. Ideally I would not need to create a new layer for this.

I want to use this expression for the field calculator. Combined with CASE WHEN THEN, the polygons in layer 1 that intersect more than 50 percent of the buffer ring will get the value "good".

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Something along the lines of the following may achieve your objective.

You haven't specified how the buffer ring is defined. I have arbitrarily given it an outer radius of 1000 and inner radius of 500, with 50 segments.

Also, I've just assumed that the green point is feature ID = 1 in (which you will need to replace with your layer ID).

In short:

  • Create an outer ring and inner ring based on the green point
  • Take the difference of those to create your buffer ring
  • Take the intersection of the buffer ring and each polygon
  • Calculate the area of intersection
  • Divide this by the total area of each polygon
  • Check if greater than 0.5
) / $area > 0.5
  • Thanks a lot. I specify: The buffer shoud be around all features (green points) in layer 2, other asumptions are perfect. I adopted your expression to my case: CASE WHEN area(intersection( difference( buffer(geometry('layer 2'),1000,50), buffer(geometry('layer 2'),500,50)),$geometry) ) / $area > 0.5 THEN 'medium' WHEN area(intersection( difference(buffer(geometry('layer 2'),499,50), buffer(geometry('layer 2'),1,50)),$geometry) ) / $area > 0.5 THEN 'good' ELSE 'bad' END I receive the error message: cannot convert to feature. U know why?
    – Mat Thias
    May 15, 2023 at 15:15
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    The geometry function in Expression Builder takes a feature argument, not a layer - hence the error message: "cannot convert to feature" May 15, 2023 at 22:05
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    If you want to deal with multiple buffer rings, you will need to define your problem more carefully. For example, what happens if the rings overlap? And what if a polygon overlaps 30% of one buffer ring, and 40% of another? Is that good or bad? May 15, 2023 at 22:16
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    Geometry in expression builder can't refer to a layer. However, there are sometimes tricks that can be used to sum up results across multiple features of a layer. Remember to go back and edit the original question with clarifications (and possibly extra screenshots). May 17, 2023 at 2:04
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    You may in fact be better off asking your more detailed requirements as a separate question, referencing this one. May 17, 2023 at 2:27

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