I need a shapefile with polygon features. Each feature has to be a unique UTM zone (each zone is 6 degrees) in the northern hemisphere.

I have no idea how to make it - Create fishnet gives a wrong result, and making it by hand is a time consuming operation.

How to automate this, or maybe download shapefile somewhere?

  • Thanks a lot !!! Have found this: baruch.cuny.edu/geoportal/data/esri/world/utmzone.zip – Vasiya Jul 19 '13 at 8:59
  • I am very surprised to hear that Create Fishnet is giving a wrong result - I find it to be one of the most common and reliable tools that I use. – PolyGeo Jul 19 '13 at 9:31
  • PolyGeo, as i understood, it gives parallel lines so when i need to make degree net it wont work (degree net is not parallel). – Vasiya Jul 19 '13 at 10:37
  • When you use a "geographic" coordinate system--its coordinates are in degrees of latitude and longitude--then indeed (most of) the UTM zone boundaries are regularly spaced. ("Parallel" is not a relevant concept here.) If you describe in more detail how you applied Create fishnet, perhaps someone will help you obtain the correct result with it. – whuber Jul 19 '13 at 13:14

Your ArcGIS install should have a UTM Zones shapefile. Have a look under C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\Reference Systems

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