haversine: Haversine Formula

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Author(s) References See Also Examples

View source: R/haversine.R

Description

Haversine formula to calculate the arc distance between two points on earth (i.e., along a great circle).

Usage

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haversine(loc1, loc2, R = 6371.0)

Arguments

loc1, loc2

Locations on earth; for format see Details.

R

Average earth radius R = 6371 km, can be changed on input.

Details

The Haversine formula is more robust for the calculating the distance as with the spherical cosine formula. The user may want to assume a slightly different earth radius, so this can be provided as input.

The location can be input in two different formats, as latitude and longitude in a character string, e.g. for Frankfurt airport as '50 02 00N, 08 34 14E', or as a numerical two-vector in degrees (not radians).

Here for latitude 'N' and 'S' stand for North and South, and for longitude 'E' or 'W' stand for East and West. For the degrees format, South and West must be negative.

These two formats can be mixed.

Value

Returns the distance in km.

Author(s)

Hans W. Borchers

References

Entry 'Great_circle_distance' in Wikipedia.

See Also

Implementations of the Haversine formula can also be found in other R packages, e.g. 'geoPlot' or 'geosphere'.

Examples

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FRA = '50 02 00N, 08 34 14E'  # Frankfurt Airport
ORD = '41 58 43N, 87 54 17W'  # Chicago O'Hare Interntl. Airport
fra <- c(50+2/60, 8+34/60+14/3600)
ord <- c(41+58/60+43/3600, -(87+54/60+17/3600))

dis <- haversine(FRA, ORD)    # 6971.059 km
fprintf('Flight distance Frankfurt-Chicago is %8.3f km.\n', dis)

dis <- haversine(fra, ord)
fprintf('Flight distance Frankfurt-Chicago is %8.3f km.\n', dis)

Example output

Flight distance Frankfurt-Chicago is 6971.059 km.
Flight distance Frankfurt-Chicago is 6971.059 km.

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