Local Timezone to UTC

Local Timezone to UTC

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UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) is a universal standard time and can be a great way to compare data across many timezones.
Often we’re given time in a local timezone and need to convert it to UTC. To do that in BigQuery we can just use the TIMESTAMP function:

   TIMESTAMP(<Local datetime>, <timezone>) as utc_timestamp


  • The local datetime can be in the form of a string expression, datetime object or date object.
  • The timezone should be one of BigQuery’s time zones.


We’re given Euro match data in Pacific time and want to convert it to UTC:

-- match_data
select '2021-06-11 12:00:00' start_time, 'Turkey' Home, 'Italy' Away union all 
select '2021-06-12 06:00:00' start_time, 'Wales' Home, 'Switzerland' Away union all 
select'2021-06-12 09:00:00' start_time, 'Denmark' Home, 'Finland' Away union all 
start_date Home Away
2021-06-11 12:00:00 Turkey Italy
2021-06-12 06:00:00 Wales Switzerland
2021-06-12 09:00:00 Denmark Finland
-- tidied
  timestamp(match_data.start_time,'America/Los_Angeles') utc_start,
from match_data
utc_start Home Away
2021-06-11T19:00:00.000Z Turkey Italy
2021-06-12T13:00:00.000Z Wales Switzerland
2021-06-12T16:00:00.000Z Denmark Finland