Basic GIS Coordinates

Basic GIS Coordinates

by Jan Van Sickle

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Overview

Computers tend to be very good at repetition and very bad at interpretation.
People, on the other hand, are poor at repetition, because we can get bored or distracted.
We are, however, excellent at interpretation, if we have the proper information. Basic GIS Coordinates is about providing some of the critical information needed to understand coordinate systems and effectively interpret GIS technology.

GIS is emerging in all facets of business and government at an incredible rate; GIS and mapping professionals must have a clear understanding of coordinate systems. Basic GIS Coordinates explains how coordinates tie the real world to its electronic image in the computer. It is about understanding how these systems work, and how they sometimes don't work. It examines how points that are expected to be in one location are in reality somewhere completely different, even when the computer has done everything exactly as it was told.

Basic GIS Coordinates explains the progression of ideas that are the foundation of coordinate systems without overwhelming you with supporting mathematics. It is a user-friendly study for those who need to apply GIS technology and resulting coordinates. From the basics of coordinate systems to specific practical examples, this book covers GIS coordinates without pages of complicated math; yet it is not oversimplified.

This volume analyzes state plane coordinates, UTM coordinates, and the rectangular system in a concise format. To help you apply the information, each chapter concludes with review questions and answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415302166
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/21/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

FOUNDATION OF A COORDINATE SYSTEM
Datums to the Rescue
Latitude and Longitude
Directions
Polar Coordinates
Summary
Exercises
Answers and Explanations

BUILDING A COORDINATE SYSTEM
Legacy Geodetic Surveying
Ellipsoids
Datum Realization
Coordinate Transformation
Exercises
Answers and Explanations

Heights
Two Techniques
Evolution of a Vertical Datum
The GEOID
Dynamic Heights
Exercises
Answer and Explanations

TWO-COORDINATE SYSTEMS
State Plane Coordinates
UTM Coordinates
Exercises
Answers and Explanations

THE RECTANGULAR SYSTEM
Public Lands
System Principles
Exercises
Answers and Explanations

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