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# A FRESH LOOK AT THE UTM PROJECTION:

Karney-Krueger equations
1

## R. E. Deakin1, M. N. Hunter2 and C. F. F. Karney3

School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University
2
Maribyrnong, VIC, Australia.
3
Princeton, N.J., USA.
email: rod.deakin@rmit.edu.au

Presented at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) Land Surveying Commission National Conference,
Melbourne, 18-21 April, 2012

ABSTRACT
The Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinate
system has at its core, equations that enable the
transformations from geographic to grid coordinates and
vice versa. These equations have a long history
stretching back to Gauss and his survey of Hannover in
the early 1800's but their modern formulation is due to L.
Krueger (1912) who synthesised Gauss and other work
on the transverse Mercator (TM) projection of the
ellipsoid. Krueger developed two methods of
transformation and the equations of his second method
have become the de facto standard for the UTM and other
TM projection systems. Unfortunately these are
complicated and have limited accuracy. But the
equations for Kruegers first method which do not suffer
from these accuracy limitations are undergoing a
renaissance and a recent study by Charles Karney (2011)
has given these equations a make over. This paper
gives some insight into the development and use of the
Karney-Krueger equations.
INTRODUCTION
The transverse Mercator (TM) projection is a conformal
mapping of a reference ellipsoid of the earth onto a plane
where the equator and central meridian remain as straight
lines and the scale along the central meridian is constant;
all other meridians and parallels being complex curves
(Figure 5). The UTM is a mapping system that uses the
TM projection with certain restrictions (such as standard
6-wide longitude zones, central meridian scale factor of
0.9996, defined false origin offsets, etc.) and the GaussKrueger system is similar. And both are members of a
family of TM projections of which the spherical form was
originally developed by Johann Heinrich Lambert (17281777). This (spherical) projection is also called the
Gauss-Lambert projection acknowledging the
contribution of Carl Friedrich Gauss (17771855) to the
development of the TM projection. Snyder (1993) and
Lee (1976) have excellent summaries of the history of
development which we paraphrase below.
Gauss (c.1822) developed the ellipsoidal TM as one
example of his investigations in conformal
transformations using complex algebra and used it for the
survey of Hannover in the same decade. This projection
had constant scale along the central meridian and was
known as the Gauss conformal or Gauss' Hannover
1

## projection. Also (c. 1843) Gauss developed a 'double

projection' consisting of a conformal mapping of the
ellipsoid onto the sphere followed by a mapping from the
sphere to the plane using the spherical TM formula. This
projection was adapted by Oskar Schreiber and used for
the Prussian Land Survey of 1876-1923. It is also called
the Gauss-Schreiber projection and scale along the central
meridian is not constant. Gauss left few details of his
original developments and Schreiber (1866, 1897)
published an analysis of Gauss' methods, and Louis
Krueger (1912) re-evaluated both Gauss' and Schreiber's
work, hence the name Gauss-Krueger as a synonym for
the TM projection.
The aim of this paper is to give a detailed derivation of a
set of equations that we call the Karney-Krueger
equations. These equations give micrometre accuracy
anywhere within 30 of a central meridian; and at their
heart are two important series linking conformal latitude
and rectifying latitude . We provide a development
of these series noting our extensive use of the computer
algebra system Maxima in showing these series to high
orders of n; unlike Krueger who only had patience. And
without this computer tool it would be impossible to
realize the potential of his series.
Krueger gave another set of equations that we would
recognise as Thomas's or Redfearn's equations (Thomas
1952, Redfearn 1948). These other equations also
known as the TM projection are in wide use in the
geospatial community; but they are complicated, and only
accurate within a narrow band (3 6) about a central
meridian. We outline the development of these equations
but do not give them explicitly, as we do not wish to
promote their use. We also show that the use of these
equations can lead to large errors in some circumstances.
This paper supports the work of Engsager & Poder
(2007) who also use Krueger's series in their elegant
algorithms for a highly accurate transverse Mercator
projection but provide no derivation of the formulae.
Also, one of the authors (Karney 2011) has a detailed
analysis of the accuracy of our projection equations (the
Karney-Krueger equations) and this paper may be
regarded as background reading. [An earlier version of
this paper was presented at The Institution of Surveyors
Victoria, 25th Regional Survey Conference,
Warrnambool, 10-12 September 2010]

## The preliminary sections set out below contain

information that can be found in many geodesy and map
projection texts and could probably be omitted but they
are included here for completeness. As is the extensive
Appendix that may be useful to the student following the
development with pencil and paper at hand.
SOME PRELIMINARIES
The transverse Mercator (TM) projection is a mapping of
a reference ellipsoid of the earth onto a plane and some
definition of the ellipsoid and various associated
constants are useful. We then give a limited introduction
to differential geometry including definitions and
formulae for the Gaussian fundamental quantities e, f and
g, the differential distance ds and scale factors m, h and k.
Next, we define and give equations for the isometric
latitude , meridian distance M, quadrant length Q, the
rectifying radius A and the rectifying latitude . This
then provides the basic 'tools' to derive the conformal
latitude and show how the two important series

a 2 b2
a2

eccentricity

2nd eccentricity

3rd flattening

a b
a

a 2 b2
b2

a b
a b

a2
c
b

2
2

4n
f 2 f
2
2
1
1 n

(1)

(2)

1 1 2
f

2 f 1 1 2

a 1 2

sin
2

32

sin 2

a 1 2

12

c
V3

a
c

W V

(11)

(12)

1 n 2 2n cos 2

1 n

(13)

## Some differential geometry: the differential rectangle and

Gaussian fundamental quantities e, f, g; E , F , G and E,
F, G

## Curvilinear coordinates (latitude), (longitude) are

used to define the location of points on the ellipsoid (the
datum surface) and these points can also have x,y,z
Cartesian coordinates where the positive z-axis is the
rotational axis of the ellipsoid passing through the north
pole, the x-y plane is the equatorial plane and the x-z
plane is the Greenwich meridian plane. The positive xaxis passes through the intersection of the Greenwich
meridian and equator and the positive y-axis is advanced
90 eastwards along the equator.

(3)

(4)

y y , cos sin

(5)

x x , cos cos

z z , 1 2 sin

(14)

is given by

(6)

ds

dx dy dz
2

(15)

f 2 f
2
4n

2
2
2
1
1 f 1 n

## The ellipsoid radii of curvature (meridian plane) and

(prime vertical plane) at a point whose latitude is
are

V 2 1 2 cos 2

b
1
1 n a
1 f 1 2

2
a
1 n c
1

(10)

since 0 n 1 .

W 2 1 2 sin 2

## In geodesy, the ellipsoid is a surface of revolution created

by rotating an ellipse (whose semi-axes lengths are a and
b and a b ) about its minor axis. The ellipsoid is the
mathematical surface that idealizes the irregular shape of
the earth and it has the following geometrical constants:

The ellipsoid

flattening

is

(7)

(8)

(9)

x
x
d
d

y
y
dy
d
d

z
z
dz
d
d

dx

(16)

## Substituting equations (16) into (15) gathering terms and

simplifying gives

ds

e d 2 f d d g d
2

(17)

## where the coefficients e, f and g are known as the

Gaussian fundamental quantities and are given by

x y z
e

x x y y z z

f

2

e 2,

ed

f 0,

dS

x y z
g

2

## Then, using equations (15) and (16) replacing x,y,z with

X,Y,Z and , with , we have the differential
distance dS on this surface defined by

g d

(19)

(23)

(24)

## Alternatively, the X,Y,Z Cartesian coordinates (projection

surface) can be expressed as functions of the ,
curvilinear coordinates (datum surface) as
X X , , Y Y , , Z Z ,

and

dS

where

E d 2 F d d G d
2

## In Figure 1 the parametric curves and pass through

P and the curves d and d pass through Q, and

## the length of the curve PQ ds . The differential

rectangle formed by the curves may be regarded as a
plane figure whose opposite sides are parallel straight
lines enclosing a differentially small area da.

ds g d cos d

(20)

found from

f
eg

(21)

(26)

X Y Z
G

(27)

## The scale factor m is defined as the ratio of differential

distances dS (projection surface) and ds (datum surface)
and is usually given as a squared value

m2

dS
2
ds

E d 2F d d G d

e d 2 f d d g d
2

E d 2 F d d G d

e d 2 f d d g d
2

(28)

E G
E G

and F 0 or
and F 0 the
e g
e g
scale factor m is the same in every direction and such
projections are known as conformal. For the ellipsoid
(datum surface) where the parametric curves , are an
orthogonal system and f 0 , this scale condition for
conformal projection of the ellipsoid is often expressed as
When

## Thus, if the parametric curves on the surface intersect at

right angles (i.e., they form an orthogonal system of
curves) then 12 and cos 0 , and so from
equation (21) f 0 . Conversely, if f 0 the
parametric curves form an orthogonal system.

## Suppose there is another surface (projection surface) with

, curvilinear coordinates and X,Y,Z Cartesian
coordinates related by
X X , , Y Y , , Z Z ,

(25)

ds e d d

X Y Z
E

X X Y Y Z Z

cos

X Y Z
G

X Y Z
E

X X Y Y Z Z
F

(18)

ds

g 2 cos2

E d 2F d d G d

(22)

h k and F F 0

(29)

## h is the scale factor along the meridian and k is the scale

factor along the parallel of latitude. Using equations (28)

E d
e d

E
e

and k

G d
g d

G
g

(30)

Isometric latitude
According to the SOED (1993) isometric means: of
equal measure or dimension and we may think of
isometric parameters (isometric latitude) and

## 0 (longitude difference) in the following way.

Imagine you are standing on the earth at the equator and
you measure a metre north and a metre east; both of these
equal lengths would represent almost equal angular
changes in latitude d and longitude d . Now imagine
you are close to the north pole; a metre in the north
direction will represent (almost) the same angular change
d as it did at the equator. But a metre in the east
direction would represent a much greater change in
longitude, i.e., equal north and east linear measures near
the pole do not correspond to equal angular measures.
What is required is isometric latitude , a variable
angular measure along a meridian that is defined by
considering the differential rectangle of Figure 1 and
equations (17) and (19) giving

ds 2

e d

g d

cos

## Integrating gives (Deakin & Hunter 2010b)

1 sin

1 sin

1
2

(33)

ln tan 14 12

(34)

Meridian distance M
Meridian distance M is defined as the arc of the meridian
from the equator to the point of latitude

M d

a 1
W3

c
0 V3 d

(35)

c2 sin 2 c4 sin 4
c6 sin 6 c8 sin 8

(37)

c8
c10
c12
c14

## Note that if the reference surface for the earth is a sphere

of radius R; then R , 0 and the isometric
latitude is

c0

a
M

1 n

c6

(32)

(36)

## The computer algebra system Maxima can be used to

evaluate the integral and M can be written as

c4

(31)

ln tan 14 12

## where isometric latitude is defined by the relationship

d

2
3 2
a
1 n2 1 n2 2n cos 2 d

1 n 0

c2

d 2

2
2 cos 2
d
cos

2 cos 2 d d

c0 1

2 d 2 cos 2 d

## and powers of the ellipsoid constant n that required fewer

terms for the same accuracy than meridian distance
formula involving powers of 2 . Helmert's method of
development (Deakin & Hunter 2010a) and with some
algebra we may write

c16

n
2

n
4

n
6

25

n
16384
3
3 3
3 5
15 7
n n
n
n
2
16
128
2048
15
15 4
75 6 105 8
n2
n
n
n
16
64
2048
8192
35
175 5 245 7
n3
n
n
48
768
6144
315 4 441 6 1323 8

n
n
n
512
2048
32768
693 5 2079 7

n
n
1280
10240
1001 6 1573 8

n
n
2048
8192
6435 7

n
14336
109395 8

n
262144
4

64

256

(38)

## [This is Krueger's equation for X shown in 5, p.12,

extended to order n8 ]
The quadrant length of the ellipsoid Q is the length of the
meridian arc from the equator to the pole and is obtained
from equation (37) by setting 12 , and noting that

a
c0
2 1 n

(39)

## This is an elliptic integral that cannot be expressed in

terms of elementary functions; instead, the integrand is
expanded by use of the binomial series then the integral is
evaluated by term-by-term integration. The usual form of
the series formula for M is a function of and powers of

## 2 ; but the German geodesist F.R. Helmert (1880) gave a

formula for meridian distance as a function of latitude
4

## The rectifying latitude is defined in the following way

If a sphere is determined such that the length of a
great circle upon it is equal in length to a meridian
upon the earth, we may calculate the latitudes upon

## this sphere such that the arcs of the meridian upon it

are equal to the corresponding arcs of the meridian
upon the earth.

## If denotes this latitude on the (rectifying) sphere of

radius A then meridian distance M is given by
M A

(40)

## An expression for A is obtained by considering the case

when 12 , M Q and (40) may be re-arranged to

## give A 2Q then using (39) and (38) to give A to

order n8 as
A

1 n

1
4

n
2

1
64

n
6

256

25
16384

n
8

(41)

M

A
d 2 sin 2 d 4 sin 4 d 6 sin 6
where the coefficients d n are

3
9
d 2 n n3
2
16
35 3
d6 n
48

15
15
d4 n2 n4
16
32
315 4
d8
n
512

(42)

(43)

3
27
D2 n n3
2
32
151 3
D6
n
48

21
55
D4 n 2 n 4
16
32
1097 4
D8
n
512

(44)

(45)

Conformal latitude

## The conformal projection of the ellipsoid (datum surface)

onto the sphere (projection surface) is obtained by
enforcing the condition h k ; and with equations (19),
(30) and (47), replacing , with , where
appropriate, we have,
(48)

## This differential equation can be simplified by enforcing

the condition that the scale factor along the equator be
unity, so that

a cos 0 d
1
0 cos 0 d

## and since 0 0 0 then cos 0 cos 0 1 , 0 a

and d d . Substituting this result into equation (48)
gives
(49)

## An expression linking and can be obtained by

integrating both sides of (49) using the standard integral
result sec x dx ln tan 14 12 x and the previous result

ln tan

1 sin 2

ln tan 14 12
(50)
1
sin

1
4

1
2

## The right-hand-side of (50) is the isometric latitude

[see equation (33)] and we may write
e tan 14 12

(51)

2 tan 1 e 12

(52)

(53)

## The conformal longitude is obtained from the

differential relationship d d which is a
consequence of the scale factor along the equator being
unity, and longitude on the ellipsoid is identical to
longitude on the conformal sphere, which makes

## Another expression linking and can be obtained by

using (11), (12) and (13) in the right-hand-side of (49)
giving

## Suppose we have a sphere of radius a with curvilinear

coordinates , (meridians and parallels) and X,Y,Z
Cartesian coordinates related by

X X , a cos cos

Z Z , a sin

(47)

Y Y , a cos sin

G a 2 cos2

## An expression for as a function of and powers of n

is obtained by reversion of a series using Lagrange's
theorem (see Appendix) and to order n 4

F 0,

d
d

cos cos

## [This is Krueger's equation (6), 5, p. 12, and Maxima

has been used for the algebra by using a series
representation of c01 ]

D8 sin 8

E a2,

a d a cos d

d cos d

## Re-arranging (40) and using (37) and (41) gives the

rectifying latitude to order n 4 as

d8 sin 8

## Substituting equations (46) into equations (24), replacing

, with , gives the Gaussian Fundamental
Quantities for the sphere as

1 n d
d
d
2

2
cos V cos 1 n 2n cos 2 cos
2

(46)

(54)

fractions gives
5

d
d
4n cos d

(55)

## Using the standard integral result

sec x dx ln tan 14 12 x and the useful identity

## linking circular and hyperbolic functions

ln tan 14 12 x sinh 1 tan x [see (148) in Appendix]
we may write

4n cos d
(56)

1
n2 2n cos 2
0

## We now have a function linking conformal latitude

with latitude and the integral on the right-hand-side of
(56) can be evaluated using Maxima and then combined
with sinh 1 tan to give . The conformal latitude
is then

tan 1 sinh

## where the coefficients g n are

2
4
82
g 2 2n n 2 n3 n 4
3
3
45
5 2 16 3 13 4
g4 n n n
3
15
9
26
34
g 6 n3 n 4
15
21
1237 4
g8
n
630

(58)

8
(59)

10

12

latitude

## A method of obtaining as a function of ; and as

a function of is set out in Deakin et al. (2010) that
follows the methods in Krueger (1912). A better
alternative, suggested by Charles Karney (2010), utilizes
the power of Maxima and is set out below:
The series (58) gives conformal latitude as a
function of latitude

## where the coefficients Gn are function of n

[c]

3
7891

n2

14
16

61 3 103 4 15061 5
n
n
n
240
140
26880
167603 6 67102379 7

n
n
181440
29030400
79682431 8

n
79833600
49561 4 179 5 6601661 6

n
n
n
161280
168
7257600
97445 7 40176129013 8

n
n
49896
7664025600
34729 5 3418889 6

n
n
80640
1995840
14644087 7 2605413599 8

n
n
9123840
622702080
212378941 6 30705481 7

n
n
319334400
10378368
175214326799 8

n
58118860800
1522256789 7 16759934899 8

n
n
1383782400
3113510400
1424729850961 8

n
743921418240

(62)

order n8 ]

## [b] Using Lagranges theorem (see Appendix) the series

(58) may be reversed giving as a function of

## G2 sin 2 G4 sin 4 G6 sin 6

5 3 41 4 127 5
n
n
n
16
180
288
72161 7
6

n
n
37800
387072
18975107 8

n
50803200
13 2 3 3 557 4 281 5

n n
n
n
48
5
1440
630
1983433 6 13769 7

n
n
1935360
28800
148003883 8

n
174182400
1

## [This is Krueger's equation (8), 5, p. 14, although we

have not used his method of development.]

[a]

(57)

g8 sin 8

## 2 sin 2 4 sin 4 6 sin 6

8 sin 8 10 sin10
12 sin12 14 sin14
(61)
16 sin16

(60)

## 2 sin 2 4 sin 4 6 sin 6

8 sin 8 10 sin10 12 sin12
14 sin14 16 sin16

(63)

2 n n2
1

2
3
96199

37

n
3

n
4

81

## where the scale factor along the central meridian is made

constant.

96
360
512
5406467 7
n
n

604800
38707200
7944359 8
n

67737600
1
1
437 4 46 5
n
n
n 2 n3
48
15
1440
105
1118711 6
51841 7
n
n

3870720
1209600
24749483 8
n

348364800
17 3 37 4 209 5 5569 6
n
n
n
n

480
840
4480
90720
9261899 7 6457463 8

n
n
58060800
17740800

## To understand this process we first discuss the spherical

Mercator and transverse Mercator projections. We then
give the equations for the Gauss-Schreiber projection and
show that the scale factor along the central meridian of
this projection is not constant. Finally, using complex
functions and principles of conformal mapping developed
by Gauss, we show the conformal mapping from the
Gauss-Schreiber projection to the TM projection.

## Having established the 'forward' mapping , X, Y

from the ellipsoid to the plane via the conformal sphere
and the Gauss-Schreiber projection we show how the
'inverse' mapping X, Y , from the plane to the
ellipsoid is achieved.

10

12

14
16

4397 4 11 5 830251 6
n
n
n
161280
504
7257600
466511 7 324154477 8
n
n

2494800
7664025600
4583 5 108847 6 8005831 7
n
n
n

161280
3991680
63866880
22894433 8
n

124540416
20648693 6 16363163 7

n
n
(64)
638668800
518918400
2204645983 8

n
12915302400
219941297 7
497323811 8

n
n
5535129600
12454041600
191773887257 8

n
3719607091200

## [This is Krueger equation (10), 5, p. 14 extended to

order n8 ]
The series (61) and (63) are the key series in the KarneyKrueger equations for the TM projection.

## In addition to the equations for the forward and inverse

mappings we derive equations for scale factor m and grid
convergence .
Mercator projection of the sphere
Y

## Figure 2 Mercator projection

graticule interval 15, central meridian 0 120 E
The Mercator projection of the sphere is a conformal
projection with the datum surface a sphere of radius R
with curvilinear coordinates , and Gaussian
fundamental quantities

e R2 , f 0, g R2 cos2

## THE KARNEY-KRUEGER EQUATIONS FOR THE

TRANSVERSE MERCATOR PROJECTION
The Karney-Krueger equations for the transverse
Mercator (TM) projection are the result of a triplemapping in two parts (Bugayevskiy & Snyder 1995).
The first part is a conformal mapping of the ellipsoid to a
sphere (the conformal sphere of radius a) followed by a
conformal mapping of this sphere to the plane using the
spherical TM projection equations with spherical latitude
replaced by conformal latitude . This two-step
process is also known as the Gauss-Schreiber projection
(Snyder 1993) and the scale along the central meridian is
not constant. [Note that the Gauss-Schreiber projection
commonly uses a conformal sphere of radius R 00
where 0 and 0 are evaluated at a central latitude for
the region of interest.] The second part is the conformal
mapping from the Gauss-Schreiber to the TM projection

(65)

## The projection surface is a plane with X,Y Cartesian

coordinates and X X and Y Y and Gaussian
fundamental quantities

Y
X
E
, F 0, G

(66)

## Enforcing the scale condition h k and using equations

(30), (65) and (66) gives the differential equation
dY
1 dX

d cos d

(67)

## This equation can be simplified by enforcing the

condition that the scale factor along the equator be unity
giving

dX R d and dY

1
d
cos

## Integrating and evaluating constants of integration gives

the well known equations for Mercator's projection of the
sphere
X R 0 R

Y R ln tan
1
4

and an angle at N of 0
sin cos sin

x
1 cos x
and writing

2
1 cos x

tan
cos

1 cos 12

1 sin
.
tan 14 12

1
1 cos 2
1 sin

tan

X R 0 R

1 sin R 1 sin
ln

1 sin 2 1 sin

tan

(70)
(71)

## Squaring both sides of equation (70) and using the

trigonometric identity sin 2 x cos2 x 1 gives, after
some algebra

## An alternative set of equations for Mercator's projection

may be derived as follows by using the half-angle

Y R ln

1
2

(68)

1
2

0 .

formula tan

## and are oblique latitude and oblique longitude

respectively and equations linking , and , can be
obtained from spherical trigonometry and the rightangled spherical triangle CNP having sides , 12 ,

(69)

sin

tan cos2
2

(72)

(73)

## Replacing with and with in equations (69);

then using equations (70), (71) and (145) give the
equations for the TM projection of the sphere (Lauf 1983,
Snyder 1987)

u R

## TM projection of the sphere (Gauss-Lambert projection)

The equations for the TM projection of the sphere (also
known as the Gauss-Lambert projection) can be derived
by considering the schematic view of the sphere in Figure
3 that shows P having curvilinear coordinates , that
are angular quantities measured along great circles
(meridian and equator).

tan
R tan 1

cos

v ln
ln

R tanh 1 cos sin

(74)

## Now consider the great circle NBS (the oblique equator)

with a pole A that lies on the equator and great circles
through A, one of which passes through P making an
angle with the equator and intersecting the oblique
equator at C.
N

eq ua to r

S
v

## Figure 4 Transverse Mercator (TM) projection

graticule interval 15, central meridian 0 120 E
8

## The TM projection of the sphere is conformal, which can

be verified by analysis of the Gaussian fundamental
quantities e, f, g of the , spherical datum surface [see
equations (65)] and E, F, G of the u,v projection surface.
For the projection surface u u , , v v ,

u v
E

u u v v

F

2

u v
G

(75)

## u R sin cos cos

1 cos 2 sin 2
R cos cos
v

1 cos 2 sin 2

R2

1 cos sin
2

, F 0, G

R2 cos2
1 cos 2 sin 2

(76)

(77)

Now using equations (30), (65) and (77) the scale factors
h and k are equal and f F 0 , then the projection is
conformal.
Gauss-Lambert scale factor
Since the projection is conformal, the scale factor
m h k E e and

(82)

## The equations for the TM projection of the conformal

sphere are simply obtained by replacing spherical latitude
with conformal latitude in equations (74) and
noting that the radius of the conformal sphere is a to give

tan
u a tan 1

cos
v a tanh 1 cos sin

(83)

## Alternatively, replacing with and with in

equations (68) then using equations (71), (73) and the
identity (148); and finally replacing spherical latitude
with conformal latitude gives (Karney 2011)

tan
u a tan 1

cos

sin
v a sinh 1
tan 2 cos 2

(84)

## tan , which appears in both equations (84), can be

evaluated by using hyperbolic and inverse hyperbolic
functions (see Appendix) and equation (50) in the
following manner.
ln tan 14 12 sinh 1 tan

1 cos 2 sin 2

1
3
1 cos 2 sin 2 cos 4 sin 4
2
8

(78)

## Along the central meridian 0 and the central

meridian scale factor m0 1
Gauss-Lambert grid convergence

## The grid convergence is the angle between the

meridian and the grid-line parallel to the u-axis and is
defined as
dv
du

u
u
v
v
d
d and dv
d
d

(85)

## And the right-hand-side of equation (50) can be written as

1 sin
ln tan 14 12 12 ln

1 sin
sinh 1 tan tanh 1 sin

(86)

(79)

du

gives

tan

(81)

projection)

1 dy
d
1 dy
d
and
gives
tanh 1 y
tan 1 y
dx
dx
1 y2 dx
1 y2 dx

R cos
u
,

1 cos 2 sin 2
v
R sin sin
,

1 cos 2 sin 2

tan

(80)

## Along a meridian is constant and d 0 , and the grid

convergence is obtained from
9

1 tan 2

sinh tanh 1

tan

(88)

(Karney 2011)

(89)

cos
1 2 sin 2
cos
cos 1 2 2
1 4 4

1 sin sin
cos 2
8

m0

## The Gauss-Schreiber projection is also conformal since

can be replaced by in the previous analysis and

E e G g , and f F 0 .

## Gauss-Schreiber scale factor

The scale factor is given by equation (28) as

dS

2
ds

(90)

## For the datum surface (ellipsoid) equations (17) and (19)

give (noting that d d )

ds

2 d 2 cos2 d
2

dS

du dv
2

(91)

## Gauss-Schreiber grid convergence

The grid convergence for the Gauss-Schreiber projection
is defined by equation (81) but the partial derivatives
must be evaluated using the chain rule for differentiation
[equations (95)] and

tan

(92)

(93)

## Since the projection is conformal, scale is the same in all

directions around any point. It is sufficient then to
choose any one direction, say along a meridian where
is constant and d 0 . Hence
2
2
1 u v
m 2

2

with

v v
and

(94)

(95)

u
a cos

1 cos 2 sin 2
v
a sin sin

1 cos 2 sin 2

tan tan

1 tan 2

1 tan 2 1 2 sin 2
tan cos 2
2

(99)

(100)

## Conformal mapping from the Gauss-Schreiber to the TM

projection
Using conformal mapping and complex functions (see
Appendix), suppose that the mapping from the u,v plane
of the Gauss-Schreiber projection (Figure 4) to the X,Y
plane of the TM projection (Figure 5) is given by

1
Y iX f u iv
A

(101)

## where the Y-axis is the central meridian, the X-axis is the

equator and A is the rectifying radius.

f u iv

(96)

## Substituting equations (96) into equations (95) and then

into equation (94) and simplifying gives the scale factor
m for the Gauss-Schreiber projection as
m

2 1

1 2 sin 2 cos

2 exp

cos
1 exp 2

u
v

## The partial derivatives are evaluated using the chain rule

for differentiation and equations (33), (52) and (84)
u u

Using equations (96) the grid convergence for the GaussSchreiber projection is

u
u
v
v
d
d and dv
d
d

(98)

## m0 is not constant and varies slightly from unity, but a

final conformal mapping from the Gauss-Schreiber u,v
plane to an X,Y plane may be made and this final
projection (the TM projection) will have a constant scale
factor along the central meridian.

du

(97)

## Along the central meridian of the projection 0 and

the central meridian scale factor m0 is

u
v
i
a
a

u
v
2 r sin 2r i 2r
a
r 1
a

## where a is the radius of the conformal sphere and 2r are

as yet, unknown coefficients.
Expanding the complex trigonometric function in
equation (102) gives

f u iv

u
v
sin 2r cosh 2r
a

a
2r

u
v
r 1
i cos 2r sinh 2r
a
a

## and equating real and imaginary parts gives

10

(102)

(103)

u
v
2 r sin 2r cosh 2r
A a r 1
a
a

X v
u
v
cos 2r sinh 2r
a
A a r 1 2 r

a

(104)

## Now, along the central meridian v 0 and

Y
in equation (104)
cosh 2v cosh 4v 1 and
A
becomes
Y u
u
u
u
2 sin 2 4 sin 4 6 sin 6
A a
a
a

a

(105)

u
is an angular
a
quantity that is identical to the conformal latitude and
equation (105) becomes
Furthermore, along the central meridian

Y
2 sin 2 4 sin 4 6 sin 6
A

(107)

## This equation is identical in form to equation (61) and we

may conclude that the coefficients 2r are equal to the

## coefficients 2r in equations (62); and the TM

projection is given by

v
u
v
X A 2 r cos 2r sinh 2r
a
a
a r 1

u
u
v
Y A 2 r sin 2r cosh 2r
a
a
a r 1

## Finally, X and Y are scaled and shifted to give E (east)

and N (north) coordinates related to a false origin

E m0 X E0

(106)

Y M

## Y coordinate is the meridian distance M, and

A A
is the rectifying latitude and equation (106) becomes

## Figure 5 Transverse Mercator projection

graticule interval 15, central meridian 0 120 E

N m0Y N0

(109)

## m0 is the central meridian scale factor and the quantities

E0 , N0 are offsets that make the E,N coordinates positive
in the area of interest. The origin of the X,Y coordinates
is at the intersection of the equator and the central
meridian and is known as the true origin. The origin of
the E,N coordinates is known as the false origin and it is
located at X E0 , Y N0 .
TM scale factor

(108)

## The scale factor for the TM projection can be derived in a

similar way to the derivation of the scale factor for the
Gauss-Schreiber projection and we have

dS dX dY
2
2
2
ds 2 d 2 cos2 d
2

## where X X u, v , Y Y u, v and the total

differentials dX and dY are

## [These are Krueger equations (42), 8, p. 21.]

u
v
A is given by equation (41), a and a are given by

X
X
du
dv
u
v
Y
Y
dY
du
dv
u
v
dX

## equations (84) and we have elected to use coefficients

2r up to r 8 given by equations (62).
[Note that the graticules of Figures 4 and 5 are for
different projections but are indistinguishable at the
printed scales and for the longitude extent shown. If a
larger eccentricity was chosen, say 101 f 1 199.5

(110)

## du and dv are given by equations (93) and substituting

these into equations (110) gives

## and the mappings scaled so that the distances from the

equator to the pole were identical, there would be some
noticeable differences between the graticules at large
distances from the central meridian. One of the authors
(Karney 2011, Fig. 1) has examples of these graticule
differences.]

dX
dY

X v

X u
u
v
d
d
d
d
u

Y v

Y u
u
v
d
d
d
d
u

## Choosing to evaluate the scale along a meridian where

is constant and d 0 gives

11

X u X v
dX

d
u v

Y u Y v
dY

d
u v
and
m2

dS
2
ds

dX

dY

2 d

we may define

tan 1

(111)

(112)

tan tan
q
tan 1

p
1 tan 2

tan 1

X A X A Y X Y
X
(113)
q,
p,

,
u a
v a
u v v
u

(i)
(114)

(115)

2
2
2

1 tan 1 sin

(116)
2
2
tan cos

## where m0 is the central meridian scale factor, q and p are

found from equations (114), tan from equation (89)
and A from equation (41).

A conformal mapping from the TM to the GaussSchreiber projection giving u,v coordinates, then

(ii) Solving for tan and tan given the u,v GaussSchreiber coordinates from which 0 , and
finally

then obtaining .

## Gauss-Schreiber coordinates from TM coordinates

In a similar manner as outlined above, suppose that the
mapping from the X,Y plane of the TM projection to the
u,v plane of the Gauss-Schreiber projection is given by
the complex function

1
u iv F Y iX
a

dX
dY

(117)

(117) as

q v u
u
v
p
p

tan
u
v
q v u
q
p
1
p

(118)

tan 1 tan 2
1 tan 1 tan 2

E E0
N N0
and Y
m0
m0

(123)

F Y iX

Y
X
i
A
A

Y
X
K2 r sin 2r i 2r
A

A
r 1

(124)

## where A is the rectifying radius and K2r are as yet

unknown coefficients.
Expanding the complex trigonometric function in
equation (124) and then equating real and imaginary parts
gives

formula write

tan tan 1 2

(122)

## If E,N coordinates are given and E0 , N0 and m0 are

known, then from equations (109)

TM grid convergence
tan

(121)

set out below.

## for the Gauss-Schreiber projection [see equation (94)]

and so, using equation (97), we may write the scale factor
for the TM projection as

A
m m0 q 2 p 2
a

## The conformal mapping from the TM projection to the

ellipsoid is achieved in three steps:

## Substituting equations (113) into (111) and then into the

equation (112) and simplifying gives

(120)

where

2
1 u 2 v 2

A
m2 q 2 p 2 2

a

## and 2 is the grid convergence on the Gauss-Schreiber

projection [see equations (99) and (100)]. So the grid
convergence on the TM projection is

## Differentiating equations (108) gives

u
v
q 2r 2 r sin 2r sinh 2r
a

a
r 1

u
v
p 1 2r 2 r cos 2r cosh 2r
a
a
r 1

q
v
and tan 2
p

(119)

12

u Y
Y
X
K2 r sin 2r cosh 2r
a A r 1
A
A

v X
Y
X

K cos 2r sinh 2r
A
a A r 1 2 r

A

tn 1 tn
(125)

Y M

the rectifying
A A
u
latitude and X 0 and cosh 0 1 . Also,
is an
a
angular quantity that is identical to the conformal latitude
and we may write the first of equations (125) as
Along the central meridian

(126)

## This equation is identical in form to equation (63) and we

may conclude that the coefficients K2r are equal to the

## coefficients 2r in equation (63) and the ratios

u
and
a

v
are given by
a

u Y
Y
X
sin 2r cosh 2r
a A r 1 2 r
A
A

v X
Y
X
2 r cos 2r sinh 2r
a A r 1
A
A

(127)

f tn
f tn

(131)

## where tn denotes the nth iterate and f t is given by

f t t 1 2 1 t 2 t

The derivative f t
f t

(132)

d
f t is given by
dt

1 t

1 1 t
t
1 1 t
2

(133)

## the functions f t1 and f t1 evaluated from equations

(130), (132) and (133). t2 is now computed from
equation (131) and this process repeated to obtain
t3 , t4 , . This iterative process can be concluded when
the difference between tn 1 and tn reaches an acceptably
small value, and then the latitude is given by
tan 1 tn 1 .
This concludes the development of the TM projection.

## where A is given by equation (41) and we have elected to

use coefficients 2r up to r 8 given by equations (64).

## TRANSFORMATIONS BETWEEN THE ELLIPSOID AND THE

TRANSVERSE MERCATOR (TM) PLANE

1.

2.
3.

u
v
and
giving
a
a

u
sin
a
tan
v
u
sinh 2 cos 2
a
a

(128)

## To evaluate tan after obtaining tan from equation

(128) consider equations (88) and (89) with the
substitutions t tan and t tan

1 t

sinh tanh 1

7.
8.
9.
10.

## Compute X,Y coordinates from equations (108)

Compute q and p from equations (114)
Compute scale factor m from equation (116)
Compute grid convergence from equation (121)

and

6.

## Compute ellipsoid constants 2 , n and powers

n2 , n3 , , n8
Compute the rectifying radius A from equation (41)
Compute conformal latitude from equations (88)
and (89)
Compute longitude difference 0
Compute the u,v Gauss-Schreiber coordinates from
equations (84)
Compute the coefficients 2r from equations (62)

4.
5.

v
u
tan sinh cos
a
a

t t 1 2 1 t 2

(129)

2.
3.

## Compute ellipsoid constants 2 , n and powers

n2 , n3 , , n8
Compute the rectifying radius A from equation (41)
Compute the coefficients 2r from equations (64)

(130)

4.

u v
Compute the ratios a , a from equations (127)

1.

## method for the real roots of the equation f t 0 given

in the form of an iterative equation
13

5.
6.

## Compute conformal latitude and longitude

difference from equations (128)
Compute t tan by Newton-Raphson iteration
using equations (131), (132) and (133)

7.

## Compute the coefficients n from equations (62)

9. Compute q and p from equations (114)
10. Compute scale factor m from equation (116)
11. Compute grid convergence from equation (121)

8.

## ACCURACY OF THE TRANSFORMATIONS

One of the authors (Karney, 2011) has compared
Kruegers series to order n8 (set out above) with an exact
TM projection defined by Lee (1976) and shows that
errors in positions computed from this series are less than
5 nanometres anywhere within a distance of 4200 km of
the central meridian (equivalent to 37.7 at the
equator). So we can conclude that Kruger's series (to
order n8 ) is easily capable of micrometre precision
within 30 of a central meridian.
THE 'OTHER' TM PROJECTION
In Kruegers original work (Krueger 1912) of 172 pages
(plus vii pages), Krueger develops the mapping equations
shown above in 22 pages, with a further 14 pages of
examples of the forward and inverse transformations. In
the next 38 pages Krueger develops and explains an
alternative approach: direct transformations from the
ellipsoid to the plane and from the plane to the ellipsoid.
The remaining 100 pages are concerned with the
intricacies of the geodesic projected on the TM plane,
arc-to-chord, line scale factor, etc.
This alternative approach is outlined in the Appendix and
for the forward transformation [see equations (161)] the
equations involve functions containing powers of the
dM
longitude difference 2 , 3 , and derivatives
,
d

d 2 M d 3M
,
, For the inverse transformation [see
d 2 d 3
equations (166) and (168)] the equations involve powers
d 1
of the X coordinate X 2 , X3 , X 4 , and derivatives
,
d 1

mapping authorities, and
(ii) there are no hyperbolic functions.
The weakness of these formulae are:
(a) they are only accurate within relatively small bands
of longitude difference about the central meridian
(mm accuracy for 6 ) and

they can

## give wildly inaccurate results (1-2 km errors).

The inaccuracies in Redfearn's (and Thomas's) equations
are most evident in the inverse transformation
X, Y , . Table 1 shows a series of points each

## having latitude 75 but with increasing longitude

differences from a central meridian. The X,Y
coordinates are computed using Kruegers series and can
be regarded as exact (at mm accuracy) and the column
Redfearn's equations for the inverse transformation. The
error is the distance on the ellipsoid between the given
, in the first column and the Redfearn , in the
third column.
The values in the table have been computed for the
GRS80 ellipsoid ( a 6378137 m , f 1 298.257222101 )
with m0 1
point
75
6
75
10
75
15
75
20
75
30
75
35

Gauss-Krueger
X 173137.521
Y 8335703.234
X 287748.837
Y 8351262.809
X 429237.683
Y 8381563.943
X 567859.299
Y 8423785.611
X 832650.961
Y 8543094.338
X 956892.903
Y 8619555.491

Redfearn
75 00' 00.0000"
5 59' 59.9999"
75 00' 00.0000"
9 59' 59.9966"
75 00' 00.0023"
14 59' 59.8608"
75 00' 00.0472"
19 59' 57.9044"
75 00' 03.8591"
29 58' 03.5194"
75 00' 23.0237"
34 49' 57.6840"

error
0.001
0.027
1.120
16.888
942.737
4.9 km

Table 1

d 21 d 31
d 1 d 2 1 d 3 1
,
,
and
,
,
For both
,
d 12 d 13
dY dY2 dY3
transformations, the higher order derivatives become
excessively complicated and are not generally known (or
approximated) beyond the eighth derivative.

## This problem is highlighted when considering a map of

Greenland (Figure 6), which is almost the ideal 'shape' for
a transverse Mercator projection, having a small eastwest extent (approx. 1650 km) and large north-south
extent (approx. 2600 km).

## Redfearn (1948) and Thomas (1952) both derive identical

formulae, extending (slightly) Kruger's equations, and
updating the notation and formulation. These formulae
are regarded as the standard for transformations between
the ellipsoid and the TM projection. For example,
GeoTrans (2010) uses Thomas' equations and Geoscience
Australia defines Redfearn's equations as the method of
transformation between the Geocentric Datum of
Australia (ellipsoid) and Map Grid Australia (transverse
Mercator) [GDAV2.3].

## 22 30W ) is a point furthest from the central

meridian (approx. 850 km); and B ( 78 N 75 W )
would have the greatest west longitude.

14

## Points A and B represent two extremes if a central

meridian is chosen as 0 45 W . A ( 70 N ,

## Table 2 shows the errors at these points for the GRS80

ellipsoid with m0 1 for the inverse transformation using
Redfearn's equations.

NOMENCLATURE
point
A 70
22.5
B 78
-30

Gauss-Krueger
X 842115.901
Y 7926858.314
X -667590.239
Y 8837145.459

Redfearn
75 00' 00.2049"
22 29' 53.9695"
78 00' 03.1880"
-29 57' 59.2860"

This paper

error
64.282
784.799

Table 2
Y

## Figure 6 Transverse Mercator projection of Greenland

graticule interval 15, central meridian 0 45 W
CONCLUSION
We have provided here a reasonably complete derivation
of the Karney-Krueger equations for the TM projection
that allow micrometre accuracy in the forward and
inverse mappings between the ellipsoid and plane. And
we have provided some commentary on the 'other' TM
equations in wide use in the geospatial community.
These other equations offer only limited accuracy and
should be abandoned in favour of the equations (and
methods) we have outlined.
Our work is not original; indeed these equations were
developed by Krueger almost a century ago. But with the
aid of computer algebra systems we have extended
Krueger series as others have done, e.g. Engsager &
Poder (2007) so that the method is capable of very high
accuracy at large distances from a central meridian. This
makes the transverse Mercator (TM) projection a much
more useful projection for the geospatial community.
We also hope that this paper may be useful to mapping
software that use formulae given by Redfearn (1948) or
Thomas (1952) they are unnecessarily inaccurate.

15

k
k

2
2

## coefficients in series for

coefficients in series for
oblique latitude
grid convergence
eccentricity of ellipsoid
eccentricity of ellipsoid squared
2nd eccentricity of ellipsoid squared
oblique longitude
longitude
longitude of central meridian
rectifying latitude
function of latitude
latitude
conformal latitude
isometric latitude

Krueger

g
h
k
M
m
m0
n
Q
s
t
t

longitude difference: 0
angle between parametric curves
semi-major axis of ellipsoid
semi-minor axis of ellipsoid
differential distance on datum surface
differential distance on projection surface
Gaussian fundamental quantity
flattening of ellipsoid
Gaussian fundamental quantity
Gaussian fundamental quantity
scale factor along meridian
scale factor along parallel
meridian distance
scale factor
central meridian scale factor
3rd flattening of ellipsoid
distance on ellipsoid
t tan
t tan

u
V
v
W

## transverse Mercator coordinate

ellipsoid latitude function
transverse Mercator coordinate
ellipsoid latitude function

A
a
b
c
ds
dS
e
f

c
e
e2

R
N

A
a
b

X
m
m0
n
M
s

Taylor's theorem
APPENDIX
Reversion of a series
If we have an expression for a variable z as a series of
powers or functions of another variable y then we may,
by a reversion of the series, find an expression for y as
series of functions of z. Reversion of a series can be done
using Lagrange's theorem, a proof of which can be found
in Bromwich (1991).
Suppose that

y z xF y or z y xF y

(134)

## This theorem, due to the English mathematician

Brook Taylor (16851731) enables a function
f ( x) near a point x a to be expressed from the
values f (a ) and the successive derivatives of
f ( x) evaluated at x a .
Taylor's polynomial may be expressed in the
following form

f ( x) f (a ) ( x a ) f (a )

f y f z

x
F z f z
1!
2
x2 d

F z f z

2! dz
3
2
3
x d

F z f z
2

3! dz

n
xn d n 1

F z
f z
n 1

n ! dz

(136)

(137)

and so

(139)

f k a

(140)

(141)

n 1

(138)

d
sin
d

2
1
2 d
2 sin
2!
d

3
1
3 d
3 sin
3!
d

giving
sin sin cos

x a

k!

3
1 d
F
2
6 d

d
F n
n 1
n! d

(a ) Rn

## As an example of the use of Taylor's theorem, suppose

we have an expression for the difference between latitude
and the rectifying latitude [see equation (44)]

n 1

dk

where f k a k f x
dx

x a

sin sin

2
1 d
F
F

2 d

where

k 0

(135)

f x

## Comparing the variables in equations (136) and (134),

z , y and x 1 ; and if we choose f y y

n 1

evaluated at x a .

.

f (a )

x a
n 1!
3!

2!

f (a ),

expressed as

f (a )

x a

x a

cos

24

2
4

sin

sin

(142)

## Replacing with 2 and with 2 in equation (142)

and substituting from equation (141) gives an
16

## expression for sin 2 . Using similar replacements and

substitutions, expressions for sin 4 , sin 6 , etc. can be
developed.
Hyperbolic functions
The basic functions are the hyperbolic sine of x, denoted
by sinh x , and the hyperbolic cosine of x denoted by
cosh x ; they are defined as

e x e x
sinh x
2
x
e e x
cosh x
2

(143)

tanh x

sinh x
1
, coth x
cosh x
tanh x
1
1
sech x
, cosech x
cosh x
sinh x

(144)

## is defined by sinh 1 sinh x x . Similarly cosh 1 x and

tanh 1 x are defined by cosh 1 cosh x x and

x ln x

x 1

## consequence of the definitions

sinh x ln x x 1
1

cosh 1

tanh 1 x

1 1 x
ln

2 1 x

x
x 1

(145)

1 x 1

cos 12 x sin 12 x
x ln
cos 12 x sin 12 x

1 sin x
ln
ln
cos x
cos 2 12 x sin 2 12 x

(146)

## Also, replacing x with tan x in the definition of the

inverse hyperbolic functions in equations (145) we have

1 sin x
ln tan x sec x ln
cos x

And equating ln
gives

## the complex function f i is analytic. i 1

(the imaginary number), and the left-hand side of
equation (149) is a complex number consisting of a real
and imaginary part. The right-hand-side of equation
(149) is a complex function, i.e., a function of real and
imaginary parameters and respectively. The
complex function f i is analytic if it is
everywhere differentiable and we may think of an
analytic function as one that describes a smooth surface
having no holes, edges or discontinuities.
Part of a necessary and sufficient condition for
f i to be analytic is that the Cauchy-Riemann
equations are satisfied, i.e., (Sokolnikoff & Redheffer
1966)
Y X
Y
X
and

(150)

## As an example, consider the Mercator projection of the

sphere shown in Figure 2 where the conformal mapping
from the sphere (datum surface) to the plane is given by
equations (68) and using the isometric latitude given by
equation (34) the mapping equations are
X R 0 R

(151)

(152)

projection.

(149)

## Providing that and are isometric parameters and

Z Y iX R i

1
2

cos 12 x sin 12 x

Y iX f i

equation

formula we have

ln tan

## A theory due to Gauss states that a conformal mapping

from the , datum surface to the X,Y projection
surface can be represented by the complex expression

Y R ln tan 14 12 R

## A useful identity linking circular and hyperbolic

functions used in conformal mapping is obtained by
considering the following.

1
4

## Conformal mapping and complex functions

Z Y iX R sinh 1 tan i

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## Now suppose we have another complex function

(147)

1 sin x
from equations (146) and (147)
cos x

## The transverse Mercator projection of the sphere shown

in Figure 4 can also be expressed as a complex equation.
Using the identity (148) and equation (151) we may
define the transverse Mercator projection by

(148)

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w u iv tan 1 sinh Z

(154)

## representing a conformal transformation from the X,Y

plane to the u,v plane.

f z f i

## It turns out, after some algebra, u and v are of the same

form as equations (84)

tan
u R tan 1

cos

sin
v R sinh 1
2
tan cos 2

f i f

1 tan
tan cos

sin
i sinh 1
2

tan cos 2

(156)

(157)

f 0 i0 i

where f z0 , f

z
3!

z0

3!

2!

Y
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## Substituting equation (163) into equation (162) and

equating real and imaginary parts gives

z0

X 2 d 2 1 X 4 d 4 1 X 6 d 6 1

2! dY2
4! dY4
6! dY6
d
X 3 d 3 1 X 5 d 5 1 X 7 d 7 1
X 1

dY 3! dY4
5! dY5
7! dY7

1
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## z0 , etc. are first, second and

higher order derivatives of the function f z can be
1

iX

iX

(158)

2!

## The complex function f z can be expanded by a

Taylor series [see equation (140)]

(162)

## When X 0 , 0 ; but when X 0 the point

P , becomes P1 1 , 0 , a point on the central

f 0 i 0

(161)

## In this alternative approach, the transformation from the

plane to the ellipsoid is represented by the complex
expression

f i

dM 3 d 3 M 5 d 5 M 7 d 7 M

d 3! d 3 5! d 5 7! d 7

i F Y iXF

## location 0 , 0 by very small corrections , such

that 0 and 0 ; equation (149)
becomes

## And similarly to before, the complex function F Y iX

can be expanded as a power series giving

## Following Lauf (1983), consider a point P having

isometric coordinates , linked to an approximate

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i F Y iX

## An alternative approach to developing a transverse

Mercator projection is to expand equation (149) as a
power series.

f 3

2 d 2M 4 d 4M 6 d 6M

Y M
2! d 2 4! d 4 6! d 6

f z f z0 z f z0

2!

## Substituting equation (160) into equation (158) and

equating real and imaginary parts (noting that
i 2 1, i3 i, i 4 1, etc. and f M ) gives

w u iv 2Rtan 1 exp i 14

f z0 z f z

3!

f 2

## Other complex functions achieve the same result. For

example Lauf (1983) shows that

Y iX

## and the transverse Mercator projection of the sphere is

defined by the complex function

w u iv

(155)

(164)

## evaluated at z z0 . Choosing, as an approximate

location, a point on the central meridian having the same
isometric latitude as P, then 0 (since 0
and 0 ) and (since 0 and

0 0 ), hence z0 0 i0 and
z i i .

## we require in terms of 1 . Write the first of equations

(164) as

where

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X 2 d 2 1 X 4 d 4 1 X 6 d 6 1

2! dY2
4! dY4
6! dY6

(165)

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## And latitude g g 1 can be expanded as

another power series

g 1 g

3!

2!

## Karney, C.F.F., (2011), 'Transverse Mercator projection

with an accuracy of a few nanometres', Journal of
Geodesy, Vol. 85, pp. 475-485, Published online 09Feb-2011.
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## Noting that g 1 1 we may write the transformation

as

d d 21 d 41

1 1
d 1
2! d 12
4! d 14
2

d
X 3 d 3 1 X 5 d 5 1 X 7 d 7 1

X 1
dY 3! dY4
5! dY5
7! dY7

Karney, C.F.F., (2010). Email from Charles Karney, 0205 June, 2010, 7 pages.

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## Krger, L., (1912), Konforme Abbildung des

Erdellipsoids in der Ebene, New Series 52, Royal
Prussian Geodetic Institute, Potsdam. DOI
10.2312/GFZ.b103-krueger28
Lambert, J.H., (1772), Beytrge zum Gebrauche der
Mathematik und deren Anwendung III, Part VI:
Anmerkungen und Zustze zur Entwerfung der Landund Himmelscharten, pp.105-199, URL

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