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1 Map Projections & Coordinates GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 1

2 Laying the earth flat Why? Need convenient means of measuring and comparing distances, directions, areas, shapes. Traditional surveying instruments measure in meters or feet, not degrees of lat. & lon. Globes are bulky and can t show detail. 1:24,000 globe would have diameter of ~ 13 m Typical globe has scale of ~ 1:42,000,000 Distance & area computations more complex on a sphere GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 2

3 How? Laying the earth flat Projections transformation of curved earth to a flat map; systematic rendering of the lat. & lon. graticule to rectangular coordinate system. Scale 1: 42,000,000 Scale Factor (for areas) Earth Globe Map Globe distance Earth distance Map distance Globe distance Peters Projection GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 3

4 Laying the earth flat Systematic rendering of Lat. (φ) & Lon. (λ) to cartesian (x, y) coordinates: y 0, 0 x Geographic Coordinates (φ, λ) Map Projection Projected Coordinates (x, y) GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 4

5 Laying the earth flat Geographic display no projection x = λ, y = φ Grid lines have same scale and spacing y φ x λ GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 5

6 Geographic Display Distance and areas distorted by varying amounts (scale not true ); e.g. high latitudes y φ x λ GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 6

7 Projected Display E.g. Mercator projection: x = λ y = ln [tan φ + sec φ] 90 φ y y φ x λ GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 7

8 Laying the earth flat How? Projection types ( perspective classes): Orthographic Gnomonic Stereographic a A a A a A T T T T T T b B b B b B GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 8

9 Light Bulb at Center (Gnomic) Grid Lines out of focus away from point of tangency GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 9

10 Gnomonic All great circles are straight lines Same as image produced by spherical lens T T GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 10

11 Orthographic Light source at infinity; neither area or angles are preserved, except locally T T GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 11

12 Stereographic Projection is conformal, preserves angles and shapes for small areas near point of tangency, larger areas away from point are distorted. Great circles are circles. 90 o T T GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 12

13 Developable Surfaces Surface for projection: Plane (azimuthal projections) Cylinder (cylindrical projections) Cone (conical projections) Cylinder and cone produce a line of intersection (standard parallel) rather than at a point T Standard Parallel GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 13

14 3 orientations for developable surfaces Normal Transverse Oblique GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 14

15 Tangent or Secant? Developable surfaces can be tangent at a point or line, or secant if they penetrate globe Secant balances distortion over wider region Secant cone & cylinder produce two standard parallels Standard Parallels GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 15

16 Tangent or Secant? GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 16

17 Projection produces distortion of: Distance Area Angle bearing, direction Shape Distortions vary with scale; minute for large-scale maps (e.g. 1:24,000), gross for small-scale maps (e.g. 1: 5,000,000) Goal: find a projection that minimizes distortion of property of interest GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 17

18 Where s the distortion? No distortion along standard parallels, secants or point of tangency. For tangent projections, distortion increases away from point or line of tangency. For secant projections, distortion increases toward and away from standard parallels. Secant line Tangent Secant GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 18

19 Distortions Azimuthal Cylindrical Conic GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 19

20 How do I select a projection? Scale is critical projection type makes very little difference at large scales For large regions or continents consider: Latitude of area Low latitudes normal cylindrical Middle latitudes conical projection High latitudes normal azimuthal Extent Broad E-W area (e.g. US) conical Broad N-S area (e.g. S. America) transverse cylindrical Theme e.g. Equal area vs. conformal (scale same in all directions) GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 20

21 What needs to be specified? Geographic (unprojected) Texas Albers (Equal Area Conic) Origin X, Y Values Origin Longitude (y axis) Secant Locations Origin Latitude (x axis) Units of measure Ellipsoid Model Horizontal Datum GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 21

22 Projections in common use, US Albers Equal Area Conic Standard parallels at 29 o 30 and 45 o 30 for conterminous US. Latitude range should not exceed o Preserves area, distorts scale and distance (except on standard parallels!). Areas are proportional and directions true in limited areas GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 22

23 Projections in common use, US Lambert Conformal Conic Projection used by USGS for most maps of conterminous US (E-W extent is large) Used by SPCS for state zones that spread E-W (Texas) Conformal GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 23

24 Projections in common use, US Cylindrical Transverse Mercator basis for UTM coordinate system and State Plane Coordinate Systems that spread N-S Standard Parallels 3 o apart GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 24

25 Rectangular Coordinate Systems Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) US military developed for global cartesian reference frame. State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS) Coordinates specific to states; used for property definitions. Public Land Survey System (PLS) National system once used for property description no common datum or axes, units in miles or fractional miles GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 25

26 UTM Coordinate System T. M. secant projection is rotated about vertical axis in 6 o increments to produce 60 UTM zones. (y) (x) Rotate in 6 o increments UTM Zone is 6 o wide GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 26

27 UTM Coordinate System T. M. secant projection is rotated about vertical axis in 6 o increments to produce 60 UTM zones. Zone boundaries are parallel to meridians. Zones numbered from 180 o (begins zone 1) eastward and extend from 80 o S to 84 o N. Each zone has a central meridian with a scale factor in US of (central meridian is farthest from secants, meaning scale distortion is greatest here). Secants are 1.5 o on either side of the central meridian GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 27

28 UTM Coordinate System Zone boundaries are parallel to meridians. Zones numbered from 180 o (begins zone 1) eastward and extend from 80 o S to 84 o N. UTM Zones GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 28

29 UTM Coordinate System Central meridian of each zone in US has a scale factor of (max. distortion). Secants are 1.5 o on either side of the central meridian. (Y) (x) GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 29

30 UTM Coordinate System Locations are given in meters from central meridian (Easting) and equator (Northing). (-) Eastings avoided by giving X value of 500,000 m ( false easting ) to the Central Meridian In S. hemisphere, equator is given false northing of 10,000,000 m to avoid (-) Northings. y y N. Hemisphere origin is (500,000m, 0) S. Hemisphere origin is (500,000m, 10,000,000m) x x GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 30

31 UTM Coordinate System Y 99 o W Zone 14 UTM Coordinates for central Austin: Austin Zone ,000 me, 3,350,000 mn Central Meridian (X = 500,000 m) Y = 3,000,000 mn GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 31

32 State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS) Developed in 1930 s to provide states a reference system that was tied to national datum (NAD27); units in feet. Updated to NAD83, units in meters; some maps still show SPCS NAD27 coordinates. Some larger states are divided into zones. X, Y coordinates are given relative to origin outside of zone; false eastings and northings different for each zone GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 32

33 Texas NAD83 SPCS (meters) Zone Code Stand. Parallels Origin F. Easting F. Northing Austin: Central Zone ~ 944,000mE ~ 3,077,000mN 4201 North 4202 N. Cent ,000 1,000, ,000 2,000,000 Y 4203 Central 4204 S. Cent ,000 3,000, ,000 4,000,000 Austin X 4205 South ,000 5,000, GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 33

34 Public Land Survey System (PLS) System developed to survey and apportion public lands in the US, c Coordinate axes are principal baselines and meridians, which are distributed among the states. Grid system based on miles and fractional miles from baseline and meridian origin. Not in Texas, nor 19 other states Units are miles and fractional miles; feet and yards are also in use GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 34

35 Principal Baselines & Meridians P.L.S. No P.L.S. Principal Meridian Baseline GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 35

36 Public Land Survey System (PLS) Meridian Step 1 Step 2 Baseline Section 33 T2S, R1W, Section 33 Step 3 Center Sec GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 36

37 Summary Projections transform geographic coordinates (φ, λ) to cartesian (x, y). Projections distort distance, area, direction and shape to greater or lesser degrees; choose projection that minimizes the distortion of the map theme. Points of tangency, standard parallels and secants are points or lines of no distortion. A conformal map has the same scale in all directions GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 37

38 Summary (cont.) Projection characteristics are classified by: Light source location Gnomonic Stereographic Orthographic Developable surface Plane (azimuthal) Cylinder (cylindrical) Cone (conic) Orientation Normal Transverse Oblique GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 38

39 Summary (cont.) Modern coordinate systems are based on projections that minimize distortion within narrow, conformal zones. UTM is a global system using WGS84/NAD83; others are local with varying datums GEO327G/386G, UT Austin 39

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