Latitude and Longitude have often been defined in the DMS (Degree, Minute, and Second) system. For practical purposes, this DMS system needs to be transferred to the DD (Decimal Degree) system. In this article, we will show you simple and quick methods to convert Latitude and Longitude to decimal degrees in Excel.
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2 Simple Ways to Convert Latitude and Longitude to Decimal Degrees in Excel
There are many ways we can convert latitude and longitude data to decimal degrees. Here, we are listing a couple of easy but handy ways.
1. Using Manual Process
We will use basic mathematical procedures to convert Latitude and Longitude data to Decimal Degrees.
For that, let us have a sample data set.
For this method, we have to separate Degree, Minute, and Second values in different columns, and restructured the data table.
Here, we added a new column DD to store the converted result.
Now write the following formula in G5 and press ENTER.
And we will get the value in Decimal Degrees.
Now, Hold and Drag the G5 cell downward.
Thus, we will get values in Decimal Degrees for other cells as well.
For Longitude values, we will use the same procedures to separate Degree, Minute, and Second values in different columns. And using the same formula will have converted Decimal values in column G.
2. Using String Manipulation Functions
First, add two columns where Decimal outputs will be shown.
Then, write the following formula in E5 and press ENTER.
=LEFT(C5, FIND("°",C5,1) - 1)+(MID(C5,FIND("°",C5,1)+1,(FIND("’",C5,1)-FIND("°",C5,1))-1)/60)+(MID(C5,FIND("’",C5,1)+1,(FIND("”",C5,1)-FIND("’",C5,1))-1)/3600)
Here, the LEFT function fetches the values ahead of “°”. First MID extracts the portion between “°” and “’”. Then last the MID function portion extracts the value after “’”. After extracting the values it sums them to produce the final value. The FIND function helps to initiate the search for the desired character within each portion.
By doing so, we get our first Decimal value.
Now, Hold and Drag E5 downward.
thereby we get all the Decimal values.
Write the following formula in F5 and Press ENTER.
=LEFT(D5, FIND("°",D5,1) - 1)+(MID(D5,FIND("°",D5,1)+1,(FIND("’",D5,1)-FIND("°",D5,1))-1)/60)+(MID(D5,FIND("’",D5,1)+1,(FIND("”",D5,1)-FIND("’",D5,1))-1)/3600)
This formula works exactly the same as the previous formula.
By doing so, we get our first Decimal value in Degrees. Then, Hold and Drag the F5 cell downward.
And, we get all other Decimal Degrees.
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We have shown you a couple of easy ways to convert latitude and longitude to decimal degrees. Hope you will find it useful. You can check out other articles on this website related to the problem. If you have any queries related to these methods, please leave a comment.