ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM)

Produced jointly by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
2011 (version 2)
1 degree x 1 degree tiles in GeoTIFF format

Unprojected Latitude & Longitude

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Each tile is approximately 25 MB

The dataset is available at the following link:


WGS 84


The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) was developed jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) of Japan and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The ASTER GDEM was contributed by METI and NASA to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and is available at no charge to users via electronic download from the Earth Remote Sensing Data Analysis Center (ERSDAC) of Japan and NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC).

The ASTER GDEM covers land surfaces between 83' N and 83' S and is comprised of 22,600 1'-by-1' tiles. Tiles that contain at least 0.01% land area are included. The ASTER GDEM is in GeoTIFF format with geographic lat/long coordinates and a 1 arcsecond (approximately 30m) grid. It is referenced to the WGS84/EGM96 geoid. Pre-production estimated (but not guaranteed) accuracies for this global product were 20m at 95% confidence for vertical data and 30m at 95% confidence for horizontal data.

How to Cite This: 

See the Citing our Data page on the LP DAAC website for more information.

[Producer], [Release Year], [Dataset]. [Version]. NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (, accessed [MM DD, YYYY], at http://[DOI].

  • Producer: U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
  • Release year: 2009
  • Dataset: ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model
  • Version: 2
  • DOI: 10.5067/ASTER/ASTGTM.002
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A data demo is available in the map collection at H:\GIS\Data\World\ASTER_DEM\demo.mxd
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