I've been given a list of sites of vegetation with a "Northing/Westing" location e.g

52 43.569 - 001 44.833

I want to convert them to Easting Northing so I can load them into ArcMap. I've tried to convert the original coordinates but having a hard time determining the best way.

The best method so far is to convert them to Long/Lat

52.43569N / 1.44833W 

in gridreferencefinder. However the location assigned to each record is different to the location found when using these new coordinates, off by about 20-30 miles.

Anyone know how to convert these locations to something more workable?

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Looks like normal WGS48 coordinates with grad and decimal minutes. The correct conversion in decimal coordinates would be:

Lat: 52° 43.569' (N) -> 52.72615
Lon: 1° 44.833' (E)  -> 1.747217

Don't forget that minutes have max 60 counts so if you convert them into a decimal value divide it by 60. Negative values are West

Here is a easy example how to convert it with excel. Put each grad and minute value in one column:

excel example

The example formulas are:

E2 = A2+ROUND(B2/60/1000;6)
F2 = C2+ROUND(D2/60/1000;6)

I you are not sure you can always check a online conversion tool.

online conversion example

Hope that is correct and helping!

  • Sorry just found your minues between the coordinates. That stands for (W)... N 52.72615 E -1.747217
    – wittich
    Mar 4, 2016 at 13:52
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    In that case the second formula should be =C2-ROUND(D2/60/1000;6). Same for Southern latitudes.
    – AndreJ
    Mar 4, 2016 at 15:34

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