Latitude and Longitude of projected points in QGIS

Often one has points in QGIS in a given coordinate system and wants them in latitude and longitude for various reasons. Solutions I have used in the past included converting to WGS84 EPSG:4326 and then using the field calculator in QGIS to calculate X and Y values for Longitude and Latitude respective, exporting to CSV while projecting to 4326, or pulling into PostGIS and writing … Continue reading Latitude and Longitude of projected points in QGIS

Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades continued

I’ve been working on base cartography for the research area in Rwanda. Unlike here in Cleveland, we have some great topography to work with, so we can leverage that for basemaps. But, it’s such a beautiful landscape, I didn’t want to sell these hillshades short by doing a halfway job, so I’ve been diving deep. Background First, some legacy. I read three great blog posts … Continue reading Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades continued

Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades!

In previous posts here1, here2, and here3 discussed a then and future trip to Rwanda to help with GIS and gorilla research. No more in depth write up yet, but I’ve been working on some of the cartographic products to show in the background of maps. Since Rwanda is so beautifully hilly (read: mountainous) and the research is focused on the Virunga Mountains (volcanoes) themselves, … Continue reading Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades!

Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda

In previous posts here1 and here2, I discussed a (then future) trip to Rwanda to help with GIS and gorilla research. I cannot say enough good about the experience. The people of Rwanda are warm and welcoming, the research team at Karisoke (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International) hard working, brilliant, and fun. For now we’ll do some pictures to give flavor. Then I’ll build out … Continue reading Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda

Plugin-free QGIS TMS tiles via GDAL

Want to load your favorite tiles into QGIS? How about a plugin-free QGIS TMS tiles via GDAL: http://www.3liz.com/blog/rldhont/index.php?post/2012/07/17/OpenStreetMap-Tiles-in-QGIS Really awesome… . Needs but one change: epsg:900913 should be epsg:3857 or QGIS (GDAL?) throws an error. Presumably you could also define epsg:900913 in some config file, but barring that create an XML file as follows, and load as a raster in QGIS: Now I can use … Continue reading Plugin-free QGIS TMS tiles via GDAL

UAS (drone) Footprint Geometries Calculated in PostGIS with SFCGAL — for real this time

In my earlier post, I made a claim that SFCGAL was used in this figure: It dawned on my afterwards, while I was using 3D, I hadn’t actually employed any of the analysis goodies that come with SFCGAL.  Well, here it is– a footprint as calculated using the view angles and a real terrain model: Here it is compared with the initial calculation: Continue reading UAS (drone) Footprint Geometries Calculated in PostGIS with SFCGAL — for real this time