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longest distance in a polygon

Brian Menounos

I'm interested in determining the longest linear distance in an
irregular polygon (and potentially ones with internal holes) and
wondering if there is R code to accomplish this? My interest is to
develop an automated procedure to calculate the effective fetch for
lakes. In a GIS one can clip line coverage based on an irregular
boundary to accomplish this task. The PBSmapping function 'clipLines'
unfortunately only works with rectangles.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Brian Menounos

Brian Menounos, Assistant Professor
Geography Program
University of Northern British Columbia
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