This dataset corresponds to a reformatting of the SRTM30_PLUS digital elevation dataset from 33 NetCDF files into a single
GeoTiff for use in GIS applications. No other modifications to the data were done. The rest of this metadata describes the
original SRTM30_PLUS dataset itself.
This dataset is a 30-arc second resolution global topography/bathymetry grid (SRTM30_PLUS) developed from a wide variety
of data sources. Land and ice topography comes from the SRTM30 and ICESat topography, respectively. Ocean bathymetry is based
on a new satellite-gravity model where the gravity-to-topography ratio is calibrated using 298 million edited soundings.
The main contribution of this dataset is the compilation and editing of the raw soundings, which come from NOAA, individual
scientists, SIO, NGA, JAMSTEC, IFREMER, GEBCO, and NAVOCEANO.
The SRTM30_PLUS dataset developed by Scripps Institute Of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD).
Land data are based on the 1-km averages of topography derived from the USGS SRTM30 grided DEM data product created with
data from the NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. GTOPO30 data are used for high latitudes where SRTM data are not
Ocean data are based on the Smith and Sandwell global 1-minute grid between latitudes +/- 81 degrees. Higher resolution
grids have been added from the LDEO Ridge Multibeam Synthesis Project, the JAMSTEC Data Site for Research Cruises, and
the NGDC Coastal Relief Model. Arctic bathymetry is from the International Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (IBCAO) [Jakobsson
et al., 2003].
This data consists of 33 files of global topography in the same format as the SRTM30 products distributed by the USGS EROS
data center. The grid resolution is 30 second which is roughly one kilometer. In addition the global data are also available
in a single large file ready for GMT and as 33 NetCDF files. The eAtlas has also merged and formatted the data as a single
GeoTiff file with overviews (1.6 GB).
The pixel-registered data are stored in 33 files with names corresponding to the upper left corner of the array shown below.
The data are also merged into a single large (1.9 Gbyte, 2-byte integer) file as well as smaller 1-minute and 2-minute
netcdf versions. Matching files of source identification number are available for determining the data source for every
This new version (v8.0) includes all of the multibeam bathymetry data collected by U.S. research vessels over the past three
decades including 287 Scripps expeditions from research vessels Washington, Melville and Revelle. UCSD undergraduate student
Alexis Shakas processed all the U.S. multibeam data and then worked with Google researchers on the global integration.
The data is available from UCSD FTP server as 33 NetCDF files and from the eAtlas as a merged GeoTiff.
If you are after high resolution bathymetry/elevation data for regional areas please check the related links.
Reference, sounding data:
Becker, J. J., D. T. Sandwell, W. H. F. Smith, J. Braud, B. Binder, J. Depner, D. Fabre, J. Factor, S. Ingalls, S-H. Kim,
R. Ladner, K. Marks, S. Nelson, A. Pharaoh, R. Trimmer, J. Von Rosenberg, G. Wallace, P. Weatherall., Global Bathymetry and
Elevation Data at 30 Arc Seconds Resolution: SRTM30_PLUS, Marine Geodesy, 32:4, 355-371, 2009. http://topex.ucsd.edu/sandwell/publications/124_MG_Becker.pdf
Reference, gravity data:
Sandwell, D. T., and W. H. F. Smith, Global marine gravity from retracked Geosat and ERS-1 altimetry: Ridge Segmentation
versus spreading rate, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B01411, doi:10.1029/2008JB006008, 2009. http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008JB006008
A set of Batch scripts were developed to perform the conversion of the data from NetCDF to GeoTiff and the generation of
the hillshading. This processing was based on the GDAL command line tools. Full details of the processing can be found
in the downloadable Scripts associated with this dataset.
This dataset is filed in the eAtlas enduring data repository at: data\NERP-TE\13.1_eAtlas\World_UCSD_SRTM30-plus