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The geodetic reference system is defined as 'a complete reference system for positioning a point on the earth, including datum, co-ordinate description, co-ordinate system and possibly a projection' (CEN 1998).

Any type of map is based on such a positional reference system: each point on the Earth's surface corresponds to a point referenced on the map. In other words, it allows an exhaustive description of the earth's surface.

Source Publication:
Manual of concepts on Land Cover and Land Use Information Systems, Doc. ESTAT/LAND/31rev1, p.75.

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics

Created on Thursday, August 26, 2004

Last updated on Wednesday, November 30, 2005