# Questions tagged [mercator]

The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569.

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### Calculating distance scale factor by latitude for Mercator

This was really inconvenient topic to google out - so I'm asking for clarification, did I understood things correctly. I'm talking about measuring short distances in Mercator projection (3857). You ...
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I'm importing many sets of geodata into PostGIS, and they have different SRID's. (Some have EPSG:3857, some EPSG:4326, some something else). I'd like to create an additional geometry column, eg. ...
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### Mercator: scale factor is changed along the meridians as a function of latitude?

"In Mercator projection the scale factor is changed along the meridians as a function of latitude" How to calculate the Mercator scale factor as a function of the latitude in decimal degrees ? I ...
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### Re-project raster image from Mercator to Equirectangular

I have a raster image of the world map in Mercator projection, square 1:1 format. I want transform the image into an Equirectangular projection accurately. I assumed from my research that GDAL would ...
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### Mercator projection: formula for latitude based on pixels?

I am basing this question on knowledge from a previous one: Mercator projection: problem with latitude formula In that question/answer, the formula is given for working out how many pixels above/...
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### How does what3words build a grid of squares on the surface of the Earth?

What3words built a grid of squares of 3m2 on the earth. Does anyone know what is the algorithm ? I started with this method: the range of longitude is [-180, 180] and the range of latitude is [-90,90]...
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### What's the accuracy of Web Mercator EPSG:3857?

Are there any references on the accuracy or (min/max/avg) error of Web Mercator when it comes to e.g. distance calculations? For the sake of completeness, I haven't found any reference to the ...
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### Making geotiff and reprojecting to EPSG:4326 using GDAL?

My goal is to download a gif file from this webpage: http://aviationweather.gov/data/iffdp/2104.gif Then crop it to the known latlon bounds of 75N,45S,35W,70E, convert to geotif, and then project to ...
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### Re-projecting from Polar projection to EPSG:4326?

I simply want to project a polar stereographic raster (EPSG:3411) to Mercator (EPSG:3857) or WGS84 (EPSG:4326). The data I is from NOAA. \$gdalwarp -s_srs EPSG:3411 -t_srs EPSG:3857 northpsg.20141027 ...