The Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) geographic coordinate system uses a 2-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system to give locations on the surface of the Earth.

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Coordinate system for calculating areas of polygons accurately?

I have multiple polygons, all located offshore around the UK. I am trying to calculate the areas of these polygons in square kilometres, without splitting them by UTM zone. Is it possible to do this ...
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Calculate distortion outside a UTM zone

One of my colleagues is working with data that is spread across two UTM zone. The majority of the data is in one zone, with a few outliers in another zone. He would like to know what the area ...
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How to reproject a vector layer in QGIS?

I have some shape file which is in UTM. I wanted them to convert to Decimal Degrees in QGIS.
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Batch convert lat longs to UTM?

I've got a .csv file that contains a long list of latitude and longitude points. Is there an efficient way to batch convert the list into a projected UTM coordinate system? Thanks.
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Determine the UTM zone/hemisphere in a particular datum

I'm using GDAL to convert coordinates from one system (geographic or projected) to another. Assume I want to convert geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) in the WGS84 datum, to UTM ...
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Displaying data from two UTM zones on one map?

With at least some USGS quad maps, maps that overlap into adjacent UTM zones continue to use the same false easting (rather than start at zero in the middle of the map). Is this a required standard ...
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pyproj, proj4 doesn't return same coordinates after inverse conversion

I'm trying to interpolate between coordinates, as a step in that process I convert latlong to UTM so I can work in metric. I don't get the expected latlong when converting back, reproduced below: ...
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How to work with UTM and multiple zones

I'm totally a newbie with geo tools. I'm using Sharpmap as I'm working with C#. I have a map where I can put an item on a UTM Location with E,N Zone and number. So the item appears on the desired ...
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Source for UTM Zone File

I'm looking for a complete, freely available file showing UTM Grid zones. Preferably not a simplified version, but one that shows the full grid zones and all 'exceptions' (e.g. in Northern Europe) - ...
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Best formula for calculating short distances in UTM?

I'm fairly new at calculating distances with precision, but I wanted to know what is the best formula for calculating short distances in UTM coordinates. The distances that I'am calculating are all ...
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Are perpendicular lines still perpendicular after converting from UTM zone 15 to 16 (or between two neighboring zones)?

I want to convert a square polygon that is close to the edge of UTM zones 15N and 16N. The polygon's coordinates are in UTM 16N, but it is spatially positioned in the UTM15 area. My question is that ...
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PostGis: Geometry from UTM text

I have plain data in a postgresql table which looks like this: ╔════╦═══════╦═════════════╦══════════════╦══════════╦═════════════════╗ ║ id ║ index ║ easting ║ northing ║ utm_zone ║ ...
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how to convert UTM northing and longitude to latitude

I am doing some work with the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS), which is based on Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM). I find that I need to convert from UTM northing and longitude (actually, ...
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Convert Lat/Long to UTM specifying which zone to use (Java)

I have a set of coordinates in decimal degrees spread across two UTM zones in my Java application that I want to export to use in Petrel, so they need to be in the same UTM zone. Is there a java ...
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How to convert WGS84 to UTM when the study area covers 4 UTM Zones: 43- 46?

I'm working in ARCGIS 10.2, my area of interest falls in 4 UTM zones 43,44,45,46 equally distributed so i can't use the option of majority of area's UTM zone. Since i need to carryout varies analysis ...
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Meridian convergence. True north, magnetic north and grid north

I'm having difficulty wrapping my mind around meridian convergence, the horizontal angular distance between true north and grid north. Say I want to determine if a feature lies to the east or west ...
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Matching ArcGIS and QGIS coordinate systems

I have the following info for a feature class in ArcGIS that is supposed to be in WGS 1984/UTM 16N projected coordinate system: Projection: Transverse_Mercator False_Easting: 500000.000000 ...
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How to generate a shapefile containing an UTM grid (graticule)?

I'm looking for a shapefile containing an 1000m or 2000m UTM grid ("graticule"). All I was about to find on the web is a 10000m UTM grid (here: http://en.giswiki.net/wiki/UTM) and I am aware that a ...
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Angular distance between Grid and True North given Lat/Long

As part of a project that uses UTM coordinates I am trying to find a formula to compute the angle (with sign) between the grid north and the true north. I understand this is called meridian ...
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Workflow for generation of contours with LiDAR data and OCAD

I am updating our maps for an orienteering club in Illinois. I was very excited to find out that we have access to .las lidar data in 2000x2000ft files. I checked out OCAD11 and it can handle .las ...
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How to choose the EPSG projection?

Up until now for reprojection of my WGS84 vector (.shp) and raster files (.tif), I have been using EPSG projections based on vector/raster central point's UTM zone. But what happens if the ...
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Which UTM zone to use for a large country?

I want to reproject OpenStreetMap roads data from the current projection (WGS 84) to UTM, since I read in another GIS.SE discussion (How to get $length in meters in QGIS?) that WGS 84 cannot be used ...
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Can't find correct coordinate system: UTM83 Zone 15 forcing input in meters; need it to be read in feet

Forgive me, I'm a CAD person, and am very new to GIS. I've searched google and this site extensively for an answer, with no luck. My problem is that I was given a large number of sistered Raster ...
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Negative UTM easting

I am trying to do the following calculation: Given lat,lon of a point (center of a rectangular (in UTM) domain), I find its UTM coordinates. Given domain width and length, I find coordinate of its 4 ...
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Displaying UTM basemap and blocks

Im using arcmaps 10.1 and i have to imput pen points off a buch of old maps into arcmaps i have everything in order in arc maps but need help displaying the utm zones, basemaps, blocks, possibly ...
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How do I get the x- and y-coordinate values of points in UTM using QGIS?

To get to know the size of the study area and how far objects are separated, I need to know x- and y-coordinate values. Although the $x and $y of Field Calculator returned latitudes and longitudes, ...
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Changing Dataframe Projection of .MXD to UTM Zone matching each polygon in ArcPy cursor?

I have a polygon shapefile. I used ArcPy scripts to: add a new field to the shapefile use Calculate UTM Zones on each polygon. It spits out UTM projection information into the field I've added. ...
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How to reproject data in multiple UTM zones? (DRCongo, Rwanda and Uganda)

I am working in the area near to Virunga National Park, in DRCongo, Uganda and Rwanda. I have established my working area in the zone 35 south. However, I also have to work with data from Uganda and ...
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Using UTM in leaflet efficiently?

Our server is using UTM internally. We then send a large number of UTM Coordinates to display them in a custom made leaflet layer. First we transform (unproject) them into "normal" geographical ...
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How to detect MGRS/UTM zone?

I posted a similar question on StackOverflow, but I thought I'd check here as well. I am developing an open-source library for converting between coordinate systems, and I've run into a wall. I want ...
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How do I handle heading in UTM coordinates?

In a nutshell: Given a standard (angular) GPS measurement and heading, relative geographic north. If i take my GPS coordinates and turn them into UTM coordinates, do I also have to convert my heading? ...
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Converting LIDAR based measurement to UTM coordinate?

I have lidar based measurement with azimuth elevation and range, I would like to convert this data to UTM coordinate. I know the position of the lidar in UTM coordinate system, so I developed the ...
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Convert geographic coordinates to UTM zone 29N with Javascript

I have an issue converting lat longs to UTM with the ArcGIS javscript API. Lets say that I have a map, based on the UTM zone 29N, also known as WKID 32629. I have a known set of coordinates from a ...
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UTM Coordinate Mapping Across Zones

I am building an application that requires me to plot UTM coordinates on a chart using CSV data. I am given two UTM coordinates for each record, although I would like the application to handle zone ...
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projection conversion from local to UTM

I have some images at a local coordinate system with the following specifications: TIFF header file: -gdalinfo im.tif Driver: GTiff/GeoTIFF Coordinate System is: PROJCS["Eastern Ridge Project Grid ...
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How to modify or create a wider UTM zone?

am working on a project to do country-wide mapping using projected coordinate system such UTM. However, the country (Zambia) is covered by three UTM zones, namely zone 34,35 and 36.I have read ...
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Get “approximate” lat/long coordinate for UTM grid zone

I have data assigned with a UTM grid zone designators, such as 10S for example. Now I need an approximate latitude/longitude pair, preferably the center point of the given grid zone. Can you give me ...
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Transform from WGS84 to EPSG 3785 (google maps)

I am a Java Developer and I was given this coordinates from a database verbat_sistema_coordenadas verbatim_SRS datum verbat_longitud verbat_latitud UTM WGS84 ...
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Projections for a region spanning multiple UTM zones

I have a problem which is sort of similar to the one here: Dealing with data that spreads across UTM Zones? Essentially I am looking for a projection for this region: ...
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Converting GeoTiff to UTM in QGIS is slow?

I am trying to convert a Geotiff from WGS84 to UTM17. In QGIS, there seems to be a super easy way to do this: First, I input my tiff by clicking add raster layer. This works successfully, as I can ...
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Kernel density estimation across multiple UTM zones

I'm trying to compare the spatial distribution between two groups of fishing locations (for each of several different years) in the Bering Sea (lat's ~53 to 65N, long's ~ -178 to -158W. My preliminary ...
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Shapefiles from Nationalgrid without a .prj file - what projection are they in?

Im working with these shapefiles: http://www2.nationalgrid.com/uk/services/land-and-development/planning-authority/shape-files/ They show pipelines & electricity grid of the UK. They do not ...
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Postgis | Problems Reprojecting a Point from UTM ED50 to GEOGRAPHIC ETRS89

I've got a POINTS PostGIS table in the 23030 (ED50 UTM 30N) SRID. I'm having a lot of problems trying to reproject those points from ED50 UTM coordinate system to ETRS89 Geographic (lat/long) ...
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How to convert WGS84 to UTM when the study area covers two zones: UTM 51N and 52N

I want to use ArcMap to convert the WGS84 to UTM. But the study area covers two zones: UTM 51N and 52N. Which zone should I choose to output the result? 
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Are there WMS servers providing maps of UTM zones, actually in the zone projection?

There are lots of EPSG:4326 (lat lon) services out there but if one has to use an UTM projected map as base layer to display utm scenes, are there any WMS endpoints publicly available for that?
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Getting zone from UTM in order to convert to latlong

I am trying to convert UTM to a latlong point. To get that done I need to know the zone where the UTM coordinates are. how can I find the zone from UTM?. the place coordinates that I work on lay on ...
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Converting Lambert Conformal Conic (LCC) to UTM

I have two numpy meshgrids (X, Y both 2D) in Lambert Conformal conic with the following information: I'd like to directly (or indirectly if not possible) project them to UTM. I have both pyproj and ...
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Measuring distances when crossing UTM zones?

I like to calculate distance between two UTM coordinates which are in different zones. Could any one point me how I can do this. I found that we can map these coordinates in to a new projection for ...
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How to change GK-coordinates to UTM with the field calculator in QGIS?

i have a qgis project in ETRS89 (UTM) with some vectorshapes. i already transformes them from GK into UTM. but now the attribute table still show me the GK-coordinates. HOW can i change it? with the ...
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Which EPSG for UTM with 8 digits in QGIS

I have a UTM datasets with 8 digits, so the first digits are 32 (for UTM Zone 32N), but which EPSG should I use to get the data at the right spot in QGIS in a 6 digits system. If I want to transfer ...