I am a total beginner to ArcGIS, I am just using it for a school project.
Question: I loaded a list of longitudes/ latitudes (in decimal degrees) of several subjects in an excel file. I created another excel with just one particular longitude/latitude (in decimal degrees). I added both data excel files into arcgis. I displayed xy coordinates and used the Geographic coordinate system. All the points from both data sets appear on the map.
Goal: I want to find the distance( meters) from all the points in the first excel file in relation to the one data point in the 2nd excel file I added. So, I used the proximity tool, then point distance. I set the first excel data points as my Input feature. I set the data point from the second excel sheet as my Near feature. I set the desired output value for meters.
Problem: When I get the output table of all the distances, they are not in Meters. They are in a decimal form. Maybe because my data is in longitude/latitude decimal degrees? Can someone explain how I can get my distance in Meters?