NASADEM SRTM Image Mosaic Global 1 arc second

PI: Sean Buckley


The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) is responsible for the archive and distribution of NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) Digital Elevation Model (DEM) version 1 (NASADEM_SIM) dataset, which provides global Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) image mosaic data at 1 arc second spacing.

NASADEM data products were derived from original telemetry data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), a collaboration between NASA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), as well as participation from the German and Italian space agencies. SRTM’s primary focus was to generate a near-global DEM of the Earth using radar interferometry. It was a primary component of the payload on space shuttle Endeavour during its STS-99 mission, which was launched on February 11, 2000, and flew for 11 days.

In addition to Terra Advanced Spaceborne Thermal and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) Version 2 data, NASADEM also relied on Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) ground control points of its lidar shots to improve surface elevation measurements that led to improved geolocation accuracy. Other reprocessing improvements include the conversion to geoid reference and the use of GDEMs and Advanced Land Observing Satellite Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) AW3D30 DEM, and interpolation for void filling.

NASADEM are distributed in 1 degree latitude by 1 degree longitude tiles and consist of all land between 60° N and 56° S latitude. This accounts for about 80% of Earth’s total landmass.

NASADEM_SIM data product layers include radar combined images and a NUM file associated with combined images. A low-resolution browse image showing the SRTM image mosaic elevation is also available for each NASADEM_SIM granule.

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Collection and Granule


Characteristic Description
File Size~25.3 MB
Temporal ResolutionMulti-Day
Temporal Extent2000-02-11 to 2000-02-21
Spatial ExtentGlobal (60°N to 56°S, 180°W to 180°E)
Coordinate SystemGeographic Latitude and Longitude
File FormatRAW
Geographic Dimensions1 degree lat x 1 degree lon


Characteristic Description
Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers2
Columns/Rows3601 x 3601
Pixel Size~30 m

Layers / Variables

SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor
IMG_COMB(IMG) Radar combined images (10 * log10(actual value) + 128) N/A 8-bit unsigned integer 0 N/A N/A N/A
IMG_COMB_NUM(IMG_NUM) NUM file associated with combined images Number 8-bit unsigned integer 0 N/A 0 to 10 N/A

About the image

NASADEM SRTM Image Mosaic Product over the Grand Canyon, 2000.

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User Guide
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (JPL) Webpage

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