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Is a buffer based on an AREA field possible?

Question asked by jbarnabe on May 23, 2013
Latest reply on May 24, 2013 by jbarnabe
I have a shapefile of points (wind farm locations, about 1,000 points) that have an area (square meters) connected to each point.  This area is the amount of land needed to supply a certain level of Megawatts of power via wind turbines for that particular location.  I would like to be able to create a buffer with the particular area listed for each site. So there will be about 1,000 different buffer distances.  I realize that wind farms are usually along a ridge and therefore a circle buffer really won't capture the real story of the land cover it will be affecting.  But for over 1,000 points, I can't do it manually since I only have 1 point per farm. Is creating a buffer around each of these points per given area possible to do?  I have a license for all the main extensions if that helps, but I expected this would be a Python question due to the outcome I'm trying to reach.  I figured it wasn't something I could find in a packaged tool.