[Ottawa_users] Open Source Solutions that handle MGRS

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Wed Jan 9 22:08:20 EST 2008

Sampson, David wrote:
> Hey Folks,
> I'm working with a local Search and rescue group as they naviagte the 
> world of mapping software.
> I am wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience with using MGRS 
> (Millitary Grid Reference System) in open source packages.
> I looked at both PROJ and the EPSG code listing and could not find MGRS. 
> IS it there buried in something else?
> The discussion lists had something about adding MGRS to PROJ but found 
> nothing recent to confirm the addition of the feature.


MGRS is a bit hard for most projection engines to handle since it doesn't
treat locations as a coordinate tuple, but as a single value (essentially
x/y digits interleaved).

There is C code for converting MGRS coordinates into something more usable
in the GDAL NITF driver.


This code was (I think) derived from geotrans or perhaps nima muse.

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