Class MilitaryGridReferenceSystem

All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable, Formattable, Deprecable, Lenient­Comparable, Identified­Object, Reference­System

public class MilitaryGridReferenceSystem extends ReferencingByIdentifiers
The Military Grid Reference System (MGRS). The MGRS is the geocoordinate standard used by NATO militaries for locating points on the earth. It is based on the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) and the Universal Polar Stereographic (UPS) projections. Despite its name, MGRS is used not only for military purposes; it is used also for organizing Earth Observation data in directory trees for example.

MGRS references are sequences of digits and letters like “4Q FJ 12345 67890” (a reference with 1 metre accuracy), optionally written with reduced resolution as in “4Q FJ 123 678” (a reference with 100 metres accuracy). Those references form a hierarchy of 3 location types:

Grid zone designator (example: “4Q”)
   └─100 km square identifier (example: “FJ”)
       └─Grid coordinate (example: “12345 67890”)

Conversions between MGRS references and spatial coordinates can be performed by the Coder inner class. The result of decoding a MGRS reference is an envelope rather than a point, but a representative point can be obtained. The encoding and decoding processes take in account Norway and Svalbard special cases (they have wider UTM zones for historical reasons).

Example: the following code:
MilitaryGridReferenceSystem system = new MilitaryGridReferenceSystem();
MilitaryGridReferenceSystem.Coder coder = system.createCoder();
Location loc = coder.decode("32TNL83");
should display (locale may vary):
│ Location type:               Grid coordinate                    │
│ Geographic identifier:       32TNL83                            │
│ West bound:                    580,000 m    —     9°57′00″E     │
│ Representative value:          585,000 m    —    10°00′36″E     │
│ East bound:                    590,000 m    —    10°04′13″E     │
│ South bound:                 4,530,000 m    —    40°54′58″N     │
│ Representative value:        4,535,000 m    —    40°57′42″N     │
│ North bound:                 4,540,000 m    —    41°00′27″N     │
│ Coordinate reference system: WGS 84 / UTM zone 32N              │
│ Administrator:               North Atlantic Treaty Organization │

Immutability and thread safety

This class is immutable and thus thread-safe. However the Coder instances performing conversions between references and coordinates are not thread-safe; it is recommended to create a new Coder instance for each thread.
See Also:

Defined in the sis-referencing-by-identifiers module

  • Constructor Details

    • MilitaryGridReferenceSystem

      public MilitaryGridReferenceSystem()
      Creates a new Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) using the default datum. The current Apache SIS version uses the WGS84 datum, but this choice may change in the future if there is a need to adapt to new MGRS specifications.
    • MilitaryGridReferenceSystem

      public MilitaryGridReferenceSystem(Map<String,?> properties, CommonCRS datum)
      Creates a new Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) using the specified datum. Only the datums enumerated in Common­CRS are currently supported.
      properties - the properties to be given to the reference system.
      datum - the datum to which to transform coordinates before formatting the MGRS references, or null for inferring the datum from the CRS associated to each coordinate.
  • Method Details

    • createCoder

      public MilitaryGridReferenceSystem.Coder createCoder()
      Returns a new object performing conversions between Direct­Position and MGRS references. The returned object is not thread-safe; a new instance must be created for each thread, or synchronization must be applied by the caller.
      a new object performing conversions between Direct­Position and MGRS references.