Sunday, 29 November 2009

Latitude and Longitude, or was it Longitude and Latitude?

Somebody was relating a story to me recently about getting latitude and longitude muddled up. It made me remember times when I've easily swapped the two over as they were so similar - think of working in Egypt (30 deg north, 30 east), Russia (50/60/70 deg north/east), Senegal (15 deg south, 15 west)... I could go on but get the point?

I doubt if anyone working in Oceania has these issues. Think about it.

2 comments:

DCV said...

You have to be careful with E and W though - 179E read as 179W gets you a smart 120-odd miles off where you're supposed to be in the worst case i suppose. A survey right on 180 is probably a wee bit of a pain, especially if it transcends the equator! Hard to QA....

Then there's some software manufacturers who shall remain nameless who require you to input long then lat aka x, y - gives their land mapping heritage away a bit.

DCV said...

...or indeed, anywhere west of New Orleans or east of the western suburbs of Dhaka. Its just not civilised...