Raster

RasterFor the datasets listed below, pre-computed raster data are available from OpenTopography. These data include digital elevation model (DEM) layers computed from aerial lidar surveys and raster data from the Satellite Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) and other global datasets. DEMs from aerial lidar surveys are available as Digital Terrain Model (DTM), Digital Surface Model (DSM), or intensity (strength of laser pulse) tiles. Some datasets also have orthophtotographs available. All raster data can be output in common GIS formats and are compressed to reduce their size.
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1   ALOS World 3D - 30m Ellipsoidal  
 
Description:

Note: This version of the ALOS World 3D dataset is provided in a WGS84 ellipsoidal vertical datum. This is a non-standard version of the AW3D30 dataset that is often used for InSAR analysis. This dataset was converted from the orthometric version using the EGM96 geoid model available here. For additional conversion details feel free to contact us.



The ALOS Global Digital Surface Model (AW3D30) is a global dataset generated from images collected using the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) aboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) from 2006 to 2011. As described by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) releases the global digital surface model (DSM) dataset with a horizontal resolution of approx. 30-meter mesh (1 arcsec) free of charge. The dataset has been compiled with images acquired by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite 'DAICHI' (ALOS). The dataset is published based on the DSM dataset (5-meter mesh version) of the 'World 3D Topographic Data', which is the most precise global-scale elevation data at this time, and its elevation precision is also at a world-leading level as a 30-meter mesh version. This dataset is expected to be useful for scientific research, education, as well as the private service sector that uses geospatial information.

Version: May 2016: Global terrestrial region (within approx. 82 deg. of N/S latitudes) of Version 1 released (approx. 22,100 tiles)

Note: JAXA provides two versions of AW3D30 created from the original 5-meter mesh using different downsampling methods: average (provided here) and median (not available from OpenTopography).
Horiz. CoordinatesWGS 1984 [EPSG: 4326]
Vertical CoordinatesWGS84 ellipsoid
Raster Resolution30 meter
2   ALOS World 3D - 30m  
 
Description:
The ALOS Global Digital Surface Model (AW3D30) is a global dataset generated from images collected using the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) aboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) from 2006 to 2011. As described by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) releases the global digital surface model (DSM) dataset with a horizontal resolution of approx. 30-meter mesh (1 arcsec) free of charge. The dataset has been compiled with images acquired by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite 'DAICHI' (ALOS). The dataset is published based on the DSM dataset (5-meter mesh version) of the 'World 3D Topographic Data', which is the most precise global-scale elevation data at this time, and its elevation precision is also at a world-leading level as a 30-meter mesh version. This dataset is expected to be useful for scientific research, education, as well as the private service sector that uses geospatial information.

Version: May 2016: Global terrestrial region (within approx. 82 deg. of N/S latitudes) of Version 1 released (approx. 22,100 tiles)

Note: JAXA provides two versions of AW3D30 created from the original 5-meter mesh using different downsampling methods: average (provided here) and median (not available from OpenTopography).
Horiz. CoordinatesWGS 1984 [EPSG: 4326]
Vertical CoordinatesWGS84/EGM96 geoid
Raster Resolution30 meter
3   Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM GL1) Global 30m Ellipsoidal  
 
Description:

Note: This version of the SRTM GL1 dataset is provided in a WGS84 ellipsoidal vertical datum. This is a non-standard version of the SRTM dataset that is often used for InSAR analysis. This dataset was converted from the orthometric version using the EGM96 geoid model available here. For additional conversion details feel free to contact us.



The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) obtained elevation data on a near-global scale to generate the most complete high-resolution digital topographic database of Earth. SRTM consisted of a specially modified radar system that flew onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during an 11-day mission in February of 2000. SRTM is an international project spearheaded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Version 3: Elimination of the voids in the NASA SRTM DEM was the primary goal of a project under the NASA MEaSUREs (Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments) Program. Ultimately this was achieved by filling the voids with elevation data primarily from the ASTER GDEM2 (Global Digital Elevation Model Version 2) and secondarily from the USGS GMTED2010 elevation model or the USGS National Elevation Dataset (NED). NASA SRTM V3.0 three-arc-second data are provided in two forms: (1) by three-by-three averaging of the one arc-second samples, and (2) by extracting the middle sample of those same three-by-three samples. For more information on this dataset visit the LP DAAC NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 1 arc second page.

Horiz. CoordinatesWGS 1984 [EPSG: 4326]
Vertical CoordinatesWGS84
Raster Resolution30 meter
Area119,560,000km2
4   Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM GL1) Global 30m  
 
Description:

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) obtained elevation data on a near-global scale to generate the most complete high-resolution digital topographic database of Earth. SRTM consisted of a specially modified radar system that flew onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during an 11-day mission in February of 2000. SRTM is an international project spearheaded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Version 3: Elimination of the voids in the NASA SRTM DEM was the primary goal of a project under the NASA MEaSUREs (Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments) Program. Ultimately this was achieved by filling the voids with elevation data primarily from the ASTER GDEM2 (Global Digital Elevation Model Version 2) and secondarily from the USGS GMTED2010 elevation model or the USGS National Elevation Dataset (NED). NASA SRTM V3.0 three-arc-second data are provided in two forms: (1) by three-by-three averaging of the one arc-second samples, and (2) by extracting the middle sample of those same three-by-three samples. For more information on this dataset visit the LP DAAC NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 1 arc second page.

Horiz. CoordinatesWGS 1984 [EPSG: 4326]
Vertical CoordinatesWGS84/EGM96 geoid
Raster Resolution30 meter
Area119,560,000km2
5   Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM GL3) Global 90m  
 
Description:

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) obtained elevation data on a near-global scale to generate the most complete high-resolution digital topographic database of Earth. SRTM consisted of a specially modified radar system that flew onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during an 11-day mission in February of 2000. SRTM is an international project spearheaded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Version 3: Elimination of the voids in the NASA SRTM DEM was the primary goal of a project under the NASA MEaSUREs (Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments) Program. Ultimately this was achieved by filling the voids with elevation data primarily from the ASTER GDEM2 (Global Digital Elevation Model Version 2) and secondarily from the USGS GMTED2010 elevation model or the USGS National Elevation Dataset (NED). For more information on this dataset visit the LP DAAC NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 3 arc second page.

Horiz. CoordinatesWGS 1984 [EPSG: 4326]
Vertical CoordinatesWGS84/EGM96 geoid
Raster Resolution90 meter
Area119,560,000km2
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