Opened 7 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

#6251 closed defect (wontfix) gives wrong distance

Reported by: remilemoy Owned by: warmerdam
Priority: normal Milestone: closed_because_of_github_migration
Component: default Version: 1.11.0
Severity: normal Keywords: proximity

Description (last modified by remilemoy)

When computing distances between all points of a raster and a given pixel (the center of a city in a monocentric city model) using, I obtained wrong distances. The error is not big, but not very small either, something like 5 or 10% (500-900m for 10km), depends on the CRS I used (I tried another one because I thought it was CRS-related) and is bigger in a North-South direction than East-West.

I saw the error when I computed the distance in another way (euclidian distance using the projected coordinates). I am confident that this euclidian distance is right because I compared it to the one given by an online national GIS system ( -- I was working on a French city), and the distances I measured were in good agreement (and it worked for both CRSs I tried).

So I will just stop using gdal_proximity, also because I don't really need it in this project, but I wanted to mention the error -- I hope that this is the right place to do so.

Sorry if it is actually my mistake, I am still a beginner with GIS!



Change History (5)

comment:1 by Even Rouault, 7 years ago

Did you use the "-distunits GEO" switch ? Quoting

-distunits PIXEL/GEO:

    Indicate whether distances generated should be in pixel or georeferenced coordinates (default PIXEL). 

comment:2 by Even Rouault, 7 years ago

Also note that if your raster is georeferenced in a geographic coordinate system (long/lat), -distunits GEO will compute distance in "degrees". So you might want to project in a projected coordinate system first.

in reply to:  2 comment:3 by remilemoy, 7 years ago

Hello, yes I used this "-distunits GEO", and I was working in a projected coordinate system (I even tried 2 of them), with coordinates in meters.

comment:4 by remilemoy, 7 years ago

Description: modified (diff)

comment:5 by Even Rouault, 3 years ago

Milestone: closed_because_of_github_migration
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

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