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The local topography is one of the main drivers of most environmental and meteorological processes. In the absence of measurements and observation data, it is the only data source for downscaling the model weather to the local point. meteoblue offers the following digital elevation models:

  • GMTED 250 (USGS)
  • GMTED 1000 (USGS)


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Title Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010
Short Title GMTED250 / GMTED1000
Version v1.0
Theme terrain, elevation, digital elevation model
Period of Time static
Frequency One-time
Update timelag -
Time-resolution -
Spatial Type Plate carrée grid (rectangular projection)
Spatial extend

180°W to 180°E / 56°S to 90°N (origin: -180.0/-55.999097222) for the 250m grid

180°W to 180°E / 90°S to 90°N (origin: -180.0/-89.9959722222) for the 1000m grid

Spatial resolution 250 m (interpolated to delta lon: 0.0020833213 deg, delta lat: 0.0020833022)
1 km (interpolated to 0.008333333 deg)
Coordinate system WGS-84
Earth model WGS-84
Spatial reference system
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) / National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Date First Published 2017
Date Obsolete

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated on the development of a notably enhanced global elevation model named the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010) that replaces GTOPO30 as the elevation dataset of choice for global and continental scale applications. GMTED2010 is a major improvement in consistency and vertical accuracy over GTOPO30.

meteoblue has included the highest resolution available of GMTED2010, namely 250 m. Furthermore a 1 km resolution version is available. GMTED2010 incorporates the current best available global elevation data.

Link to detailed specification Danielson, J.J., and Gesch, D.B., 2011, Global multi-resolution terrain elevation data 2010 (GMTED2010): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1073, 26 p.
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