Unit 013 - Coordinate Systems Overview

by Peter H. Dana, Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin, USA

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Unit 013 - Coordinate Systems Overview

1. Basic Coordinate Systems

1.1. Plane Coordinate Systems

1.2. Three-Dimensional Systems

2. Earth-Based Locational Reference Systems

2.1. Reference Ellipsoids

2.2. Geodetic Datums

3. Global Systems

3.1. Latitude, Longitude, Height

3.2. ECEF X, Y, Z

3.3. Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)

3.4. Military Grid Reference System (MGRS)

3.5. World Geographic Reference System (GEOREF)

4. Regional Systems

4.1. Transverse Mercator Grid Systems

4.1.1. An example - the British National Grid (BNG)

4.2. Universal Polar Stereographic (UPS)

4.3. State Plane Coordinates (SPC)

4.4. Public Land Rectangular Surveys (USPLS)

4.5. Metes and Bounds

5. Summary

6. Review and Study Questions

6.1. Essay and Short Answer Questions

6.2. Multiple-choice questions

Choose the best or most appropriate answer(s) to the question.

7. Reference Materials

7.1. Print References

7.2. Web References

7.2.1. US Federal Agencies

7.2.2. Non-US Federal Agencies

7.2.3. Other relevant webpages


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