# How to format latitude and Longitude labels to show only degrees with suffix without any decimal or minutes?

Geographic Information SystemsContents:

## How do you format latitude and longitude?

Enter coordinates to find a place

Here are examples of formats that work: **Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403**. **Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24’12.2″N 2°10’26.5″E**. Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418.

## Is latitude and longitude in decimal degrees?

**Decimal degrees (DD) is a notation for expressing latitude and longitude geographic coordinates as decimal fractions of a degree**. DD are used in many geographic information systems (GIS), web mapping applications such as OpenStreetMap, and GPS devices.

## How do you convert latitude and longitude to decimals?

**Decimal degrees = Degrees + (Minutes/60) + (Seconds/3600)**

- First, convert minutes and seconds to their degree equivalents and add the results. 25’/60 = 0.4167° 30″/3600 = .0083°
- Then, add this number to the number of degrees. 39° + 0.425° = 39.425°
- So, the final result is: 39° 25′ 30″ = 39.425°

## How accurate is degrees minutes seconds?

Or you can use degrees, minutes and seconds — again, there are 60 seconds in each minute, so these are **60 times more precise**. A GPS receiver using one decimal degree for its seconds — N39° 12′ 34.5″ W84° 54′ 32.1″, for example — has a precision of 3.1m north-south and 2.4m east-west.

## How do you write coordinates in degrees minutes and seconds?

DMS includes degrees (°), minutes (‘), seconds (”), with the corresponding symbols, and a size of any angle can be stated like, for example, 30 degrees, 10 minutes, 50 seconds. The numerical values for latitude and longitude in decimal number format are: ° for degrees, ‘ for minutes and ” for seconds.

## How to convert decimal coordinates to degrees minutes and seconds?

**To convert 49.947 decimal degrees west into degrees minutes and seconds:**

- Subtract the whole number (this is the degrees)
- Multiply the decimal by 60 0.947 x 60.
- Subtract the whole number (this is the minutes)
- Multiply the decimal by 60 0.82 x 60.
- Subtract the whole number (this is the seconds)

## Why are latitude and longitude measured in minutes?

Latitudes and longitudes are measured in degrees (°) **because they represent angular distances**. Each degree is further divided into 60 minutes ( ‘ ) and each minute into 60 seconds ( “ ).

## What is the format of decimal degrees?

The three common formats:

DDD° MM’ SS.S” | Degrees, Minutes and Seconds |
---|---|

DDD° MM.MMM’ | Degrees and Decimal Minutes |

DDD.DDDDD° |
Decimal Degrees |

## How do you read degrees minutes seconds?

Degrees, minutes and seconds are **denoted by the symbols °, ‘, “**. e.g. 10° 33′ 19″ means an angle of 10 degrees, 33 minutes and 19 seconds . A degree is divided into 60 minutes (of arc), and each minute is divided into 60 seconds (of arc).

## Do you write longitude or latitude first?

Handy tip: when giving a co-ordinate, latitude (north or south) always precedes longitude (east or west). Latitude and longitude are divided in degrees (°), minutes (‘) and seconds (“).

## How do you write coordinates in WGS84?

The WGS84 Coordinate Systems **adds Greenwich as the starting point (prime meridian) for the longitude (0°) and sets the units in degrees (°)**. This coordinate system also has a unique reference code, the so-called EPSG code, which is 4326.

## How do you write a set of coordinates?

Coordinates are written as **(x, y)** meaning the point on the x axis is written first, followed by the point on the y axis. Some children may be taught to remember this with the phrase ‘along the corridor, up the stairs’, meaning that they should follow the x axis first and then the y.

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