This section was edited by Kenneth Foote, Department of Geography, University of Texas Austin.
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Clarke, Keith C. 1995. Analytical and Computer Cartography, 2nd
ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
This book contains descriptions of most coordinate systems used in GIS along with enough technical details (including source code examples and a diskette) to work out many coordinate system conversions including computer raster graphic transformations not included in many other books on map projections.
Defense Mapping Agency. 1977. The American Practical Navigator:
Publication No. 9, Defense Mapping Agency Hydrographic Center.
A venerable reference work containing many practical details for using maps and navigation systems. While primarily useful for working with nautical charts, the book contains sections on numerous navigation aids, from sextants to GPS.
Defense Mapping Agency. 1991. World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS 84) - Its
Definition and Relationships with Local Geodetic Systems, 2nd Edition.
Washington, DC: Defense Mapping Agency (DoD).
The primary source for WGS-84 information, including lists of reference ellipsoids, geodetic datums, and the simple three-parameter datum shift values required for datum transformation approximations.
Laurila, Simo H. 1976. Electronic Surveying and Navigation. New
York: John Wiley & Sons.
An excellent source for geodetic formulas, including details on latitude, longitude, height systems, rectangular coordinate systems and ellipsoidal geodesics. The book, while somewhat dated now, provides a good background on many surveying and navigation systems in use today.
Muehrcke, P.C and Juliana O. Muehrcke. 1992. Map Use. Madison, WI:
While not a technical manual for mapping transformations, the book has very clear descriptions of most coordinate systems as well as discussions of many more detailed GIS issues relating to terrain surfaces and statistical evaluations.
Maling, D.H. 1992. Coordinate systems and map projections. 2nd
ed. New York: Pergamon Press.
A reference manual containing algorithms and formulas for conversion between different coordinate systems and map projections.
Robinson, Arthur H., Joel L. Morrison, Phillip C. Muehrcke, A. Jon
Kimerling, and Stephen C. Guptill. 1995. Elements of Cartography. 6th
ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 41-58, 91-111.
A book that has served as the basis for cartography courses for more than 40 years. An indispensable reference book covering all phases of map making and map reading.
Snyder, John P. 1987. Map Projections: A Working Manual. Washington,
DC: US Government Printing Office.
The best single reference for details on map projection methods, the book includes numerical examples for help in producing map projection code.
US Army. 1967. TM 5-241-1 Grids and Grid References. Washington, DC:
Department of the Army.
A complete description of MGRS and UTM, including maps of the world with the MGRS preferred "spheroids" and MGRS row offsets. This old edition is out of print and does not contain WGS-84-based MGRS details.