Geodetic Coordinate System (glossary)

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A geodetic coordinate system, or its synonym ellipsoidal coordinate system, is a coordinate system in which position is specified by geodetic latitude, geodetic longitude and (in the three-dimensional case) ellipsoidal height.

Note to entry: Geodetic coordinate system and ellipsoidal coordinate system are used synonymously but have separate entries in the ISO.


ISO TC211. "Geodetic coordinate system." In: ISO TC211 Multilingual Glossary. Version from 2020-06-02. Concept ID: 196. Available at:



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