Posted on December 2nd, 2014

12-meter WorldDEM Product Availability Monthly Update

For the past three years, Airbus’ twin high-resolution radar satellites, TerraSar-X and TanDEM-X, have imaged the entire land surface of our planet multiple times to create the first ever global 12-meter (m) elevation model. The WorldDEM is ideal for all mapping projects requiring accurate elevation models including orthorectification, floodplain determination, mineral exploration and hydrocarbon development.

SRTM_vs_WorldDEMA comparison of 30-m SRTM and 12-m WorldDEMTM elevation data over Arkansas, USA.

WorldDEM November 2014 Product Updates

During November, significant sections of eastern Asia and Australia were made available. Areas that are available take a minimum of 10 days to deliver.

To date, there is more than 55,590,000 square kilometers (sq km) of WorldDEM data that is available! And some 10,160,000 sq km of WorldDEM was made available for delivery in the past month.

WorldDEM Specifications

The key product specifications of Airbus’ WorldDEM are as follows:

  • Resolution: 12-m
  • Coverage: entire landmass of the Earth, ~150 million square kilometers (sq km)
  • Absolute Vertical Accuracy: < 4-m Linear Error 90% (LE90)
  • Relative Vertical Accuracy: < 2-m LE90 (slopes ≤ 20%), < 4-m LE90 (slopes > 20%)
  • Absolute Horizontal Accuracy: < 10-m Circular Error 90% (CE90)
  • Vintage: all data collected within 3 years
  • Source: interferometry from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites TerraSAR-X & TanDEM-X
  • Minimum Order: 500 sq km per polygon
  • File Format: GeoTIFF
  • Projection: geographic WGS84 (EGM2008, vertical datum), meter vertical unit
  • Product Line Options:
    • WorldDEMcore – unedited digital surface model (DSM), includes spikes, wells and voids
    • WorldDEM – a DSM with removal of artifacts and water body flattening
    • WorldDEM DTM – artifacts and surface features removed, i.e. a digital terrain model (DTM)
WorldDEM_Coverage_November2014A coverage map of the one-degree cells that are currently available for delivery. Areas that are available will take a minimum of 10 days to deliver.

WorldDEM Coverage and Pricing

WorldDEM data has a 500 sq km minimum order size with a 10-km width requirement. Prices for two of the product lines have been set:

  • WorldDEMcore – $10.80 per sq km
  • WorldDEMTM – $13.50 per sq km

WorldDEM Samples

You can download three 12-m WorldDEMTM samples here:

For more information about 12-m WorldDEM data, please send us an email at sales@apollomapping.com.

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