I was hoping to sense check what I'm seeing as I don't understand!
What I'm trying to do
My ultimate objective is to create shapefiles to represent the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) to a precision of 100m. With these shapefiles, I can then use them in chloropleths and other types of analyses.
NASA World Winds
I'm using this very helpful package which is based on the NASA World Winds SDK: https://github.com/Berico-Technologies/Geo-Coordinate-Conversion-Java
So, what's up?
I decided to draw an arbitrary bounding box near Haneda airport in Tokyo. The SW corner of that box should have the grid refernece 54SUE8059730440. This is a 1m precision and is returning a lat/lon of 35.510370, 139.683313. I have no concerns with this, looks valid.
To change the precision to 100m, my working assumption is that I need to trunc this grid refernece down to [54SUE] + 6 digits. That would cut the last two digits and create a refernece of 54SUE80597304.
When using the Java package above to convert 54SUE80597304 to a lat/long, it returns 35.89436034148521, 139.67690044404682. This location is more than 40km away!
- 54SUE8059730440 = 1m precision? = (35.510370, 139.683313) = Kawasaki, Tokoyo
- 54SUE80597304 = 100m precision? = (35.89436034148521, 139.67690044404682) = Saitama
What did you expect?
My assumption is that the converstion from military grids to lat/lon typically returns the South-West coordinate of the grid. Given this, I further assume that relaxing the precision as I have done should result in the same SW corner coordinate with the NW and SE corners moving out by c. 100 meters.
What am I missing?
Bonus points -- Is there any online tool out there where I can input a 100m grid reference and see a visualization of the grid lines?
double gridOneStart = Coordinates.latLonFromMgrs("54SUE8059730440"); System.out.println(String.format("%s, %s", gridOneStart, gridOneStart));
double gridOneStart = Coordinates.latLonFromMgrs("54SUE80597304"); System.out.println(String.format("%s, %s", gridOneStart, gridOneStart));