The coordinate for the line of longitude represents east of the Prime Meridian because it is positive. An example of this format is:. The coordinate for the line of latitude represents north of the Equator because it is positive.
Just to recap, the Decimal Degree DD coordinates does not have the letters N or S to signify whether the latitude coordinate is above or below the Equator.
We have tried to include tools that work with the scales we use most frequently in ground search and rescue work here in the US. Typically latitude is listed first and longitude second. It is given as geographical coordinates. All of the tools on this page can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. For example to turn a tool intended for a 1: This is the most common type of latitude and longitude data.
Each section below references the different formats we support.
Some are small pocket sized tools and others are more suited to working at a desk or table. Many people find that overlays copied onto transparency fill are too flimsy; the toner wears off quickly under field conditions. They come in various sizes and may resemble a smartphone or tablet.
Reading and understanding GPS coordinates requires a basic understanding of navigation using the lines of latitude and longitude. Degrees Minutes Seconds: These tools were designed using Adobe Illustrator on a Macintosh.
If your latitude and longitude coordinates do not look like the decimal degrees in the previous section, our tool can likely still accept them. Map Coordinates in Degrees Minutes Seconds and Other Formats If your latitude and longitude coordinates do not look like the decimal degrees in the previous section, our tool can likely still accept them. You can view more information on lines of latitude and longitude by watching this YouTube video using the link below:.
Neither does it have the letters W nor E to signify whether the longitude coordinate is to the west or east of the Prime Meridian. To scale an existing map tool to a different scale you should select a tool that is close to the scale you need, and then determine how much to scale it by.
GPS-enabled devices include:. The line of latitude is read as 41 degrees 41 , 24. The image shows the lines of latitude and longitude. This is read as: Other folks don't have the stuff to print a nice crisp copy of the PDF files. Toggle navigation.