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Jord - Geographical Position Calculations

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Jord [Swedish] is Earth [English]

What is this?

Jord is a Haskell library that implements various geographical position calculations using the algorithms described in Gade, K. (2010) - A Non-singular Horizontal Position Representation, Shudde, Rex H. (1986) - Some tactical algorithms for spherical geometry and Vincenty, T. (1975) - Direct and Inverse Solutions of Geodesics on the Ellipsoid:

How do I build it?

If you have Stack, then:

$ stack build --test

How do I use it?

See documentation on Hackage

Solutions to the 10 examples from NavLab

Example 1: A and B to delta

Given two positions, A and B as latitudes, longitudes and depths relative to Earth, E.

Find the exact vector between the two positions, given in meters north, east, and down, and find the direction (azimuth) to B, relative to north. Assume WGS-84 ellipsoid. The given depths are from the ellipsoid surface. Use position A to define north, east, and down directions. (Due to the curvature of Earth and different directions to the North Pole, the north, east, and down directions will change (relative to Earth) for different places. A must be outside the poles for the north and east directions to be defined.)

import Data.Geo.Jord.LocalFrames

posA = wgs84Pos 1 2 (metres 3)
posB = wgs84Pos 4 5 (metres 6)

delta = nedBetween posA posB 
-- > Ned (Vector3d {vx = 331730.234781, vy = 332997.874989, vz = 17404.271362})
slantRange delta 
-- > 470.356717903km
bearing delta 
-- > 45°6'33.347"
elevation delta 
-- > -2°7'14.011"

Example 2: A and B to delta

A radar or sonar attached to a vehicle B (Body coordinate frame) measures the distance and direction to an object C. We assume that the distance and two angles (typically bearing and elevation relative to B) are already combined to the vector p_BC_B (i.e. the vector from B to C, decomposed in B). The position of B is given as n_EB_E and z_EB, and the orientation (attitude) of B is given as R_NB (this rotation matrix can be found from roll/pitch/yaw by using zyx2R).

Find the exact position of object C as n-vector and depth ( n_EC_E and z_EC ), assuming Earth ellipsoid with semi-major axis a and flattening f. For WGS-72, use a = 6 378 135 m and f = 1/298.26.

import Data.Geo.Jord.LocalFrames

f = frameB (decimalDegrees 40) (decimalDegrees 20) (decimalDegrees 30)
p = nvectorHeightPos 1 2 3 (metres 400) WGS72
d = deltaMetres 3000 2000 100

target p f d
-- > 53°18'46.839"N,63°29'6.179"E 406.006018m (WGS72)

Example 3: ECEF-vector to geodetic latitude

Position B is given as an “ECEF-vector” p_EB_E (i.e. a vector from E, the center of the Earth, to B, decomposed in E). Find the geodetic latitude, longitude and height (latEB, lonEB and hEB), assuming WGS-84 ellipsoid.

import Data.Geo.Jord.Position

geocentricMetresPos 5733900.0 (-6371000.0) 7008100.000000001 WGS84
-- > 39°22'43.495"N,48°0'46.035"W 4702.059834295km (WGS84)

Example 4: Geodetic latitude to ECEF-vector

Geodetic latitude, longitude and height are given for position B as latEB, lonEB and hEB, find the ECEF-vector for this position, p_EB_E.

import Data.Geo.Jord.Position

gcvec (wgs84Pos 1 2 (metres 3))
-- > Vector3d {vx = 6373290.277218281, vy = 222560.20067473655, vz = 110568.82718177968}

Example 5: Surface distance

Find the surface distance sAB (i.e. great circle distance) between two positions A and B. The heights of A and B are ignored, i.e. if they don’t have zero height, we seek the distance between the points that are at the surface of the Earth, directly above/below A and B. The Euclidean distance (chord length) dAB should also be found. Use Earth radius 6371e3 m. Compare the results with exact calculations for the WGS-84 ellipsoid.

import Data.Geo.Jord.GreatCircle

posA = s84Pos 88 0 zero
posB = s84Pos 89 (-170) zero

surfaceDistance posA posB
-- > 332.456901835km

Exact solution for the WGS84 ellipsoid

import Data.Geo.Jord.Geodesic

posA = wgs84Pos 88 0 zero
posB = wgs84Pos 89 (-170) zero

surfaceDistance posA posB
-- > Just 333.947509469km

Example 6: Interpolated position

Given the position of B at time t0 and t1, n_EB_E(t0) and n_EB_E(t1).

Find an interpolated position at time ti, n_EB_E(ti). All positions are given as n-vectors.

import Data.Geo.Jord.GreatCircle

posA = s84Pos 89 0 zero
posB = s84Pos 89 180 zero
f = (16 - 10) / (20 - 10) :: Double

interpolate posA posB f
-- > 89°47'59.929"N,180°0'0.000"E 0.0m (S84)

Example 7: Mean position

Three positions A, B, and C are given as n-vectors n_EA_E, n_EB_E, and n_EC_E. Find the mean position, M, given as n_EM_E. Note that the calculation is independent of the depths of the positions.

import Data.Geo.Jord.GreatCircle

ps = [s84Pos 90 0 zero, s84Pos 60 10 zero, s84Pos 50 (-20) zero]

mean ps
-- > Just 67°14'10.150"N,6°55'3.040"W 0.0m (S84)

Example 8: A and azimuth/distance to B

We have an initial position A, direction of travel given as an azimuth (bearing) relative to north (clockwise), and finally the distance to travel along a great circle given as sAB. Use Earth radius 6371e3 m to find the destination point B.

In geodesy this is known as “The first geodetic problem” or “The direct geodetic problem” for a sphere, and we see that this is similar to Example 2, but now the delta is given as an azimuth and a great circle distance. (“The second/inverse geodetic problem” for a sphere is already solved in Examples 1 and 5.)

import Data.Geo.Jord.GreatCircle

p = s84Pos 80 (-90) zero

destination p (decimalDegrees 200) (metres 1000)
-- > 79°59'29.575"N,90°1'3.714"W 0.0m (S84)

Exact solution for the WGS84 ellipsoid

import Data.Geo.Jord.Geodesic

p = wgs84Pos 80 (-90) zero

destination p (decimalDegrees 200) (metres 1000)
-- > Just 79°59'29.701"N,90°1'3.436"W 0.0m (WGS84)

Example 9: Intersection of two paths

Define a path from two given positions (at the surface of a spherical Earth), as the great circle that goes through the two points.

Path A is given by A1 and A2, while path B is given by B1 and B2.

Find the position C where the two great circles intersect.

import Control.Monad (join)
import Data.Geo.Jord.GreatCircle

a1 = s84Pos 51.885 0.235 zero
a2 = s84Pos 48.269 13.093 zero
b1 = s84Pos 49.008 2.549 zero
b2 = s84Pos 56.283 11.304 zero

ga = greatCircleThrough a1 a2
gb = greatCircleThrough b1 b2
join (intersections <$> ga <*> gb)
-- > Just (50°54'6.260"N,4°29'39.052"E 0.0m (S84),50°54'6.260"S,175°30'20.947"W 0.0m (S84))

ma = minorArc a1 a2
mb = minorArc b1 b2
join (intersection <$> ma <*> mb)
-- > Just 50°54'6.260"N,4°29'39.052"E 0.0m (S84)

Example 10: Cross track distance

*Path A is given by the two positions A1 and A2 (similar to the previous example).

Find the cross track distance sxt between the path A (i.e. the great circle through A1 and A2) and the position B (i.e. the shortest distance at the surface, between the great circle and B).

import Data.Geo.Jord.GreatCircle

p = s84Pos 1 0.1 zero
gc = greatCircleThrough (s84Pos 0 0 zero) (s84Pos 10 0 zero)

fmap (\g -> crossTrackDistance p g) gc
-- > Just 11.117814411km

Solutions to kinematics problems

Closest point of approach

The Closest Point of Approach (CPA) refers to the positions at which two dynamically moving objects reach their closest possible distance.

import Data.Geo.Jord.Kinematics

t1 = Track (s84Pos 20 (-60) zero) (decimalDegrees 10) (knots 15)
t2 = Track (s84Pos 34 (-50) (metres 10000)) (decimalDegrees 220) (knots 300)

cpa t1 t2
-- > Just (Cpa {
-- >     cpaTime = 3H9M56.155S,
-- >     cpaDistance = 124.231730834km,
-- >     cpaPosition1 = 20°46'43.641"N,59°51'11.225"W 0.0m (S84),
-- >     cpaPosition2 = 21°24'8.523"N,60°50'48.159"W 10000.0m (S84)})

Time required to intercept target

Inputs are the initial latitude and longitude of an interceptor and a target, and the target course and speed. Also input is the time of the desired intercept. Outputs are the speed required of the interceptor, the course of the interceptor, the distance travelled to intercept, and the latitude and longitude of the intercept.

import Data.Geo.Jord.Kinematics

t = Track (s84Pos 34 (-50) zero) (decimalDegrees 220) (knots 600)
ip = s84Pos 20 (-60) zero
d = seconds 2700

interceptByTime t ip d
-- > Just (Intercept {
-- >     interceptTime = 0H45M0.000S,
-- >     interceptDistance = 1015.302358852km,
-- >     interceptPosition = 28°8'12.046"N,55°27'21.411"W 0.0m (S84),
-- >     interceptorBearing = 26°7'11.649",
-- >     interceptorSpeed = 1353.736478km/h})

Time required to intercept target

Inputs are the initial latitude and longitude of an interceptor and a target, and the target course and speed. For a given interceptor speed, it may or may not be possible to make an intercept.

The first algorithm is to compute the minimum interceptor speed required to achieve intercept and the time required to make such and intercept.

The second algorithm queries the user to input an interceptor speed. If the speed is at least that required for intercept then the time required to intercept is computed.

import Data.Geo.Jord.Kinematics

t = Track (s84Pos 34 (-50) zero) (decimalDegrees 220) (knots 600)
ip = s84Pos 20 (-60) zero

intercept t ip
-- > Just (Intercept {
-- >     interceptTime = 1H39M53.831S,
-- >     interceptDistance = 162.294627463km,
-- >     interceptPosition = 20°43'42.305"N,61°20'56.848"W 0.0m (S84),
-- >     interceptorBearing = 300°10'18.053",
-- >     interceptorSpeed = 97.476999km/h})

interceptBySpeed t ip (knots 700)
-- > Just (Intercept {
-- >     interceptTime = 0H46M4.692S,
-- >     interceptDistance = 995.596069189km,
-- >     interceptPosition = 27°59'36.764"N,55°34'43.852"W 0.0m (S84),
-- >     interceptorBearing = 25°56'7.484",
-- >     interceptorSpeed = 1296.399689km/h})