Working with Spatial Reference Systems

Nicolas MalloyAuthor: Nicolas R. Malloy

In this chapter, you learned that a spatial reference system defines a geographic location. Some spatial references use coordinates, and others do not. In this activity, you will learn how to identify a position on a map using the correct notation for several spatial reference systems, including the following:

  • S. public land survey system (PLSS)
  • Geographic Coordinate Systems (GCS)
  • Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) system
  • State Plane Coordinate (SPC) system

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this tutorial should be able to:

  • Use the correct notation for spatial reference systems
  • Determine distances on a spherical Earth using a GCS
  • Define a position using a GCS
  • Define a position using PLSS
  • Define a position using SPC
  • Define a position using UTM