Mapping systems and GIS: A case study using the Ghana national grid.


The problem of incompatible projections and conversion between mapping systems is of general concern to those involved in the collection of natural resources data. The Ghana National Grid (GNG) is an example of a mapping system that is not defined in image processing and GIS software and for which the transformation parameters are not readily available in the literature. Consequently, integrating GNG topographic map data within a GIS with data derived from other sources can be problematic. In this paper a practical solution for deriving the required transformation parameters to convert from the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS84) to the GNG system is demonstrated. The method uses a single geodetic control point, available 1:50 000 topographic maps and a SPOT satellite panchromatic image geo-referenced to GNG. The resultant parameters are applied to road survey data in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) format for overlay with the SPOT image. Despite the approximations made in applying the method, when compared against official estimates of the datum transformation parameters, this relatively simple procedure resulted in estimates that appear acceptable in regard to combining data sets at a nominal scale of 1:50000.


Thomas, G.; Sannier, C.A.D. ; Taylor, J.C. Mapping Systems and GIS: A Case Study using the Ghana National Grid. Geographical Journal (2000) 166 (4) 306-311. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2000.tb00032.x]

Mapping systems and GIS: A case study using the Ghana national grid.

Published 1 January 2000