Sunday, August 31, 2014

National Geodetic Survey plans to release future Geodetic Datums in 2022

National Geodetic Survey (NGS) developed videos to give you a better understanding of NGS' plans to release new datums in 2022. If you use mapping products or other geo-spatial tools, these videos should also help you find out how you can prepare for the new datums. . It’s a number of years off - but the links explain the changes and provide some initial knowledge that may help you prepare for their advent…

This series of short videos, produced in collaboration between NOAA's National Geodetic Survey and The COMET Program, a part of UCAR's Community Programs, provides an introduction to geodetic datums for anyone who uses mapping products or other geo-spatial tools.

 In the first video, "What are Geodetic Datums?" (4:36), explains the basic concepts behind geodetic datums, where they are used, and why it is important to know about and use the correct datums.

 In the second video, "How Were Geodetic Datums Established?" (3:12), explores the history of geodetic datums in the United States, and how they were established at a national level to assure consistency across mapping applications. 

The thrid video, "What Is the Status of Today's Geodetic Datums? (4:49)", examines the use of the current primary geodetic datums used in the US, NAD 83 and NAVD 88, the challenges in maintaining these datums, and the inconsistencies that arise when they are used together with the latest satellite-based mapping technologies. 

Finally, in the last video, "What's Next for Geodetic Datums?" (4:41), looks at current plans for developing more accurate horizontal and vertical datums, (referred to respectively as geometric and geopotential datums), the expected benefits and impacts, and the importance of preparing now to adopt these new datums. 

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