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d.geodesic — Displays a geodesic line, tracing the shortest distance between two geographic points along a great circle, in a longitude/latitude data set.

Keywords

display, distance, great circle, shortest path

Synopsis

d.geodesic
d.geodesic --help
d.geodesic coordinates=lon1,lat1,lon2,lat2  [line_color=name]   [text_color=name]   [units=string]   [--help]  [--verbose]  [--quiet]  [--ui]

Flags

--help

Print usage summary

--verbose

Verbose module output

--quiet

Quiet module output

--ui

Force launching GUI dialog

Parameters

coordinates=lon1,lat1,lon2,lat2 [required]

Starting and ending coordinates

line_color=name

Line color
Either a standard color name or R:G:B triplet
Default: black

text_color=name

Text color
Either a standard color name or R:G:B triplet

units=string

Units
Units
Options: meters, kilometers, feet, miles
Default: meters

Description

d.geodesic displays a geodesic line in the active frame on the user’s graphics monitor. This is also known as the great circle line and traces the shortest distance between two user-specified points on the curved surface of a longitude/latitude data set. The two coordinate locations named must fall within the boundaries of the user’s current geographic region.

Options

By default black line color and red text color will be used.

By indicating the starting and ending coordinates of the geodesic, the line and its length (by default in meters) are displayed to the graphical output. If the text color is set to none, the great circle distance is not displayed.

Example

A geodesic line if shown over the political map of the world (demolocation dataset):

g.region vector=country_boundaries -p
d.mon wx0
d.vect country_boundaries type=area
# show additionally a 20 degree grid
d.grid 20
d.geodesic coordinates=55:58W,33:18S,26:43E,60:37N \
  line_color=yellow text_color=red units=kilometers

Geodesic line (great circle line)

Notes

This program works only in GRASS locations with longitude/latitude coordinate system.

See Also

d.rhumbline, d.grid, m.measure

Author

Michael Shapiro, U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Last changed: $Date: 2016-12-17 13:29:46 +0100 (Sat, 17 Dec 2016) $

Source Code

Available at: d.geodesic source code (history)

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