I'm trying to figure out how to make some translations from UTM/ED50 to WGS84.

The reason I need to do them is that my data source's coordinates are in EPSG:23030 format, and I need to represent them in a map, currently using leaflet, which needs every coordinates to be in WGS84.

I've been using Postgis' raw sql queries to transform coordinates, as follows:

SELECT ST_AsText(ST_Transform(ST_GeomFromText('POINT(581087 4796507)', 23030), 4326));

That query returns me the following:

"POINT(-2.0013194711113 43.3151520669395)"

good coord

As I'm developing a web project using html+js and so on, I needed some library to make translations. So I found proj4js, and I can make translations as follows:

        '+title=WGS 84 (long/lat) +proj=longlat +ellps=WGS84 +datum=WGS84 +units=degrees'
        '+title=ED50 (UTM) +proj=utm +zone=30 +ellps=intl +units=m +no_defs'

var coord = proj4('EPSG:23030', 'EPSG:4326').forward([581087,4796507]);

holding coord the following coordinate:

43.315428738109816, -2.000074748128657

wrong coordinate

So the question is why am I getting different coordinates, knowing that I'm -seemingly- using the same coordinate systems to make the translation in PostGis and in Proj4js? Is there something wrong?

As far as I know, the right conversion corresponds to PostGis.

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    The PostGIS towgs84 values are the generic ones for ED50 to WGS84. A more accurate one for Spain is a 7 parameter one: -131.0,-100.3,-163.4,-1.244,-0.02,-1.144,9.39 AKA EPSG:1633. If you want to stick with a 3 parameter one, EPSG:1145, -84,-107,-120. – mkennedy Feb 5 '16 at 20:05

Check the proj definition stored in the spatial_ref_sys, it should be different from the one used in the proj4js definition.

For example, mine is the following: +proj=utm +zone=30 +ellps=intl +towgs84=-87,-98,-121,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs

Also epsg.io gives the one with the towgs84 parameters, so I'd change the Proj4js def.

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  • Query to use is select proj4text from spatial_ref_sys where srid=23030; – user30184 Feb 5 '16 at 11:36

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