[gradsusr] convert world coordinate distance to real distance (km)

wendi harjupa wendiharjupa at gmail.com
Sat Nov 5 02:41:19 EDT 2016

Dear Mr Phil

I am very sorry I have to come to you with another question.
I have tried the equation that written at the web that you shared.

Since I just need short distance, then I use this equation

"A mathematically equivalent formula, which is less subject to rounding
error for short distances is:

d=2*asin(sqrt((sin((lat1-lat2)/2))^2 +


But, when I tried to make calculation by using the equation, the result was

Do you have any idea? am I wring in choosing equation.

Thank you very much.

Best regards

On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 11:32 PM, HARVEY, PHILIP O NH-03 USAF AFMC 412
OSS/OSW <philip.harvey.1 at us.af.mil> wrote:

> See Ed Williams' Aviation Formulary at http://williams.best.vwh.net/
> avform.htm for great circle distance, etc formulas.  The formula you
> desire is only requires 1 line and can easily be written into a function.
> Phil
> -----Original Message-----
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> On Behalf Of wendi harjupa
> Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 2:01 AM
> To: GrADS Users Forum <gradsusr at gradsusr.org>
> Subject: [gradsusr] convert world coordinate distance to real distance (km)
> Dear every one
> I have problem with converting distance in world coordinate to distance,
> I have map with
> lon = 135  135.5
> lat = 34.5   35
> I want to set lon =135, as 0 km, and lat=34.5 as 0 km.
> as we know that 1 deg is about 110 km.
> Is there any function in grads that can directly convert the world
> coordinat distance to real distance (km)?
> Please, any help would be very appreciate.
> thank you
> regards,
> wendi
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