How do I find a location’s latitude and longitude coordinates?

The rWAVES data import tool had the built-in capability of geocoding an address to determine and map the latitude and longitude GPS coordinates of a place. There are times however when you may want to import using the latitude and longitude coordinates directly.

You can find the latitude and longitude GPS coordinates of a place using Google Map.


  1. On your computer, open Google Map
  2. In the search box at the top, type your address: 
  3. You’ll see a pin show up on the map at your address.   Right-click the place or area on the map.
  4. Select What’s here?:
  5. At the bottom, you’ll see a card with the latitude and longitude coordinates. Click on them:
  6. You can now copy the latitude and longitude coordinates from the Google Map search box:

Tips for formatting your coordinates for use in rWAVES

Here are some tips for formatting your coordinates so they work on rWAVES:

  1. Use periods as decimals, not commas:
    • Incorrect: 41,40338, 2,17403.
    • Correct: 41.40338, 2.17403.
  2. List your latitude coordinates before longitude coordinates.
  3. Check that the first number in your latitude coordinate is between -90 and 90.
  4. Check that the first number in your longitude coordinate is between -180 and 180.

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