Universal Transverse Mercator

A particular subset of the transverse Mercator is the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) which was adopted by the US Army for large-scale military maps. Here, the globe is divided into 60 zones between 84°S and 84°N, most of which are 6 wide. Each of these UTM zones have their unique central meridian. Furthermore, each zone is divided into latitude bands but these are not needed to specify the projection for most cases.

In order to minimize the distortion in any given zone, a scale factor of 0.9996 has been factored into the formulae. This makes the UTM projection a secant projection and not a tangent projection like the transverse Mercator above. The scale only varies by 1 part in 1,000 from true scale at equator. The ellipsoidal projection expressions are accurate for map areas that extend less than 10 away from the central meridian.

uzone/scale or Uzone/width

the projection is set with u or U. zone sets the zone for the figure, and the figure size is set with scale or width.

cyl universal transverse mercator


<IPython.core.display.Image object>

import pygmt

fig = pygmt.Figure()
# UTM Zone is set to 52R
    region=[127.5, 128.5, 26, 27],

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 1.208 seconds)

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