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Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) is an international plane (rectangular) coordinate system developed by the US Army that extends around the world from 84°N to 80°S. The world is divided into 60 zones each covering six degrees longitude. Each zone extends three degrees eastward and three degrees westward from its central meridian. Zones are numbered consecutively west to east from the 180° meridian.

The Transverse Mercator projection is then applied to each UTM zone. Transverse Mercator is a transverse form of the Mercator cylindrical projection. The projection cylinder is rotated 90° from the vertical (polar) axis and can then be placed to intersect at a chosen central meridian. The UTM system specifies the central meridian of each zone. With a separate projection for each UTM zone, a high degree of accuracy is possible (one part in 1000 maximum distortion within each zone). If the map to be projected extends beyond the border of the UTM zone, the entire map may be projected for any UTM zone specified by you.

See Transverse Mercator for more information.

This projection contains these unique parameters:

UTM Zone

North or South

Universal Transverse Mercator Grid Zones in United States

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All values in UTM Zones and Parameters Table are in full degrees east (E) or west (W) of the Greenwich prime meridian (0).

UTM Zones and Parameters

Zone

Central Meridian

Range

Zone

Central Meridian

Range

1

177W

180W-174W

31

3E

0-6E

2

171W

174W-168W

32

9E

6E-12E

3

165W

168W-162W

33

15E

12E-18E

4

159W

162W-156W

34

21E

18E-24E

5

153W

156W-150W

35

27E

24E-30E

6

147W

150W-144W

36

33E

30E-36E

7

141W

144W-138W

37

39E

36E-42E

8

135W

138W-132W

38

45E

42E-48E

9

129W

132W-126W

39

51E

48E-54E

10

123W

126W-120W

40

57E

54E-60E

11

117W

120W-114W

41

63E

60E-66E

12

111W

114W-108W

42

69E

66E-72E

13

105W

108W-102W

43

75E

72E-78E

14

99W

102W-96W

44

81E

78E-84E

15

93W

96W-90W

45

87E

84E-90E

16

87W

90W-84W

46

93E

90E-96E

17

81W

84W-78W

47

99E

96E-102E

18

75W

78W-72W

48

105E

102E-108E

19

69W

72W-66W

49

111E

108E-114E

20

63W

66W-60W

50

117E

114E-120E

21

57W

60W-54W

51

123E

120E-126E

22

51W

54W-48W

52

129E

126E-132E

23

45W

48W-42W

53

135E

132E-138E

24

39W

42W-36W

54

141E

138E-144E

25

33W

36W-30W

55

147E

144E-150E

26

27W

30W-24W

56

153E

150E-156E

27

21W

24W-18W

57

159E

156E-162E

28

15W

18W-12W

58

165E

162E-168E

29

9W

12W-6W

59

171E

168E-174E

30

3W

6W-0

60

177E

174E-180E