Definitions for "Universal Transverse Mercator"
(UTM) - A coordinate system that uses a perpendicular grid with constant linear surface distance values between each of its grid lines in all directions. Coordinates are in meters as opposed to degrees, minutes, and seconds.
A widely used map projection employing a series of identical projections around the world in the intermediate latitudes, each covering 6 degrees of longitude and oriented to a meridian. The UTM projection is characterized by its property of conformality, meaning that it preserves scale and angular relationships well, and by the ease with which it allows a useful rectangular grid to be superimposed on it. The UTM projection is most commonly used with landsat data.
metric coordinate system for locating points on the globe.