I created a shapefile from WKT in QGIS using the values from this link.

I want to create a vector grid with 1kmx1km cells but I can't figure out what values need to be set for the X and Y parameters. How do I calculate those?


If you want a vector grid in kilometers:

  1. Set the project CRS to something projected like the UTM zone of your part of the world. World mercator EPSG:3857 is not useful, because this projection has real meters only at the equator.

  2. Load a vector or raster file of the area you are interested in, with On-the-fly-reprojection enabled.

  3. If necessary, save the shapefile to the CRS of the project, add that to the canvas and delete the WGS84 version.

  4. Vector -> Research Tools -> Vector grid with the current extent. Parameter X (and Y) should be 1000 (meters).

  • I started a new project and set the CRS to EPSG:32615. With on the fly transformation enabled. Added the layer from the WKT provided in the question. When I tried creating the vector grid, the units were still stuck in degrees. What am I doing wrong?
    – bcosynot
    Apr 12 '14 at 23:05
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    Saving the source shapefile to UTM solves your problem, see my extended answer. It seems to be a bug if project and layer CRS are different. I opened a ticket for it: hub.qgis.org/issues/10059
    – AndreJ
    Apr 13 '14 at 8:37
  • @AndreJ, thanks for the tip about EPSG:3857. I couldn't figure out why my distance and area measurements were incorrect but after changing to the correct UTM zone the measurements are correct. Aug 23 '19 at 9:05

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