From point A, I want to check if a point B is within a certain radius from A. How calculate it usindo JTS?

I tried this:

Coordinate posicaoAtual = new Coordinate(-12.974900375893823, -38.48034163207694); 
Localidade localidade = new Localidade(-12.976353604547635, -38.47492356986686);
Geometry ponto = new GeometryFactory().createPoint(localidade.getCoordenada());
Geometry pos = new GeometryFactory().createPoint(posicaoAtual);
Geometry raio = ponto.buffer(100.0, 8); // HERE

My doubt is to know which the distance unit from the first parameter of the buffer method?

  • the buffer distance is in the same units as the coordinates - probably degrees in your example.
    – Ian Turton
    Jul 17, 2013 at 13:52
  • How to convert degrees in meters? Because the user will send the distance in meters. Jul 17, 2013 at 14:04
  • gis.stackexchange.com/questions/4906/…
    – Ian Turton
    Jul 17, 2013 at 14:09
  • Correcting my question: Geometry raio = ponto.buffer(METER_TO_DEGREE, 8); The buffer method receive in degree. How convert meters in degree? Jul 18, 2013 at 5:09
  • I use this calc: (PARAMETER_IN_METER * 0.00001)/1.1132 Is it acceptable? Jul 18, 2013 at 5:19

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JTS is only for cartesian coordinates, your's are ellipsoidal. So I would say the answer is "do not use JTS for this". You would need write a method for the calculation yourself.

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