geosphere (version 1.5-10)

# distVincentyEllipsoid: 'Vincenty' (ellipsoid) great circle distance

## Description

The shortest distance between two points (i.e., the 'great-circle-distance' or 'as the crow flies'), according to the 'Vincenty (ellipsoid)' method. This method uses an ellipsoid and the results are very accurate. The method is computationally more intensive than the other great-circled methods in this package.

## Usage

`distVincentyEllipsoid(p1, p2, a=6378137, b=6356752.3142, f=1/298.257223563)`

## Arguments

p1

longitude/latitude of point(s), in degrees 1; can be a vector of two numbers, a matrix of 2 columns (first one is longitude, second is latitude) or a SpatialPoints* object

p2

as above; or missing, in which case the sequential distance between the points in p1 is computed

a

Equatorial axis of ellipsoid

b

Polar axis of ellipsoid

f

Inverse flattening of ellipsoid

## Value

Distance value in the same units as the ellipsoid (default is meters)

## Details

The WGS84 ellipsoid is used by default. It is the best available global ellipsoid, but for some areas other ellipsoids could be preferable, or even necessary if you work with a printed map that refers to that ellipsoid. Here are parameters for some commonly used ellipsoids:

 ` ellipsoid ` ` a ` ` b ` ` f ` ` WGS84 ` ` 6378137 ` ` 6356752.3142 ` ` 1/298.257223563 ` ` GRS80 ` ` 6378137 ` ` 6356752.3141 ` ` 1/298.257222101 ` ` GRS67 ` ` 6378160 ` ` 6356774.719 ` ` 1/298.25 ` ` Airy 1830 ` ` 6377563.396 ` ` 6356256.909 ` ` 1/299.3249646 ` ` Bessel 1841 ` ` 6377397.155 ` ` 6356078.965 ` ` 1/299.1528434 ` ` Clarke 1880 ` ` 6378249.145 ` ` 6356514.86955 ` ` 1/293.465 ` ` Clarke 1866 ` ` 6378206.4 ` ` 6356583.8 ` ` 1/294.9786982 ` ` International 1924 ` ` 6378388 ` ` 6356911.946 ` ` 1/297 ` ` Krasovsky 1940 ` ` 6378245 ` ` 6356863 ` ` 1/298.2997381 `

`a` is the 'semi-major axis', and `b` is the 'semi-minor axis' of the ellipsoid. `f` is the flattening. Note that `f = (a-b)/a`

## References

Vincenty, T. 1975. Direct and inverse solutions of geodesics on the ellipsoid with application of nested equations. Survey Review Vol. 23, No. 176, pp88-93. Available here:

http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong-vincenty.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_circle_distance

`distGeo, distVincentySphere, distHaversine, distCosine, distMeeus`

## Examples

Run this code
``````# NOT RUN {
distVincentyEllipsoid(c(0,0),c(90,90))
# on a 'Clarke 1880' ellipsoid
distVincentyEllipsoid(c(0,0),c(90,90), a=6378249.145, b=6356514.86955, f=1/293.465)
# }
``````

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