Planning a GRASS Database

  • Markus Neteler
  • Helena Mitasova
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 689)


Before using GRASS for a new project it is necessary to define the coordinate system and projection that will be used to georeference the data. We explain the basic terminology and principles for working with various coordinate systems and map projections. Then we start GRASS and show various examples of a new LOCATION definition.


Grid System Central Meridian Universal Transverse Mercator Standard Parallel Secant Cone 
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  1. 1.
    Information about national grid systems: ASPRS: Grids & Datums, European coordinate systems, A comprehensive, general list of projection transformations is available at
  2. 2.
    Unit013 Coordinate System Overview if the NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIS,

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Neteler
    • 1
  • Helena Mitasova
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto Trentino di Cultura(ITC-irst)Italy
  2. 2.North Carolina State UniversityUSA

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