The New Standard of Global Elevation Models

A complete pole-to-pole coverage is one of the distinguished features of our WorldDEM. Coupled with an unrivalled accuracy and quality,  these are the defining characteristics of this unprecedented dataset.  The WorldDEM accuracy surpasses that of any global satellite-based elevation model available today and defines a new industry standard. WorldDEM provides a reliable and precise reference layer to enhance a wide range of applications.

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WorldDEM in Brief


  • Pole-to-pole coverage: Homogenous standardised DEM for any spot on Earth
  • Unique quality: Superior elevation information anywhere on Earth
  • Unrivalled accuracy: 2m (relative) / 4m (absolute) vertical accuracy in a 12m x 12m raster
  • Digital Surface Models and Terrain Models available
  • Easy access

Precise Terrain Information Globally - WorldDEM DTM Now Available

The WorldDEM DTM is derived from the WorldDEM™ by removing vegetation and man-made objects to show the bare terrain of the Earth’s surface. As the DTM product is based on the high-resolution WorldDEM a uniquely high level of detail and accuracy is ensured.

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WorldDEM™ and WorldDEM4Ortho Now Available by Streaming!

Discover WorldDEM Streaming, a commercial webservice with global access to WorldDEM and WorldDEM4Ortho.

Explore WorldDEM Availability 

WorldDEM is already available for over 80 million km² worldwide.
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High Level of Detail for Versatile Applications

A multitude of applications such as satellite image orthorectification, military and civil aviation, management of oil and gas fields as well as defence and security related missions, benefit from the unique WorldDEM dataset. The global coverage will also support international cooperation and cross-border mission planning, particularly when the rapid provision of accurate information is of utmost importance (for instance in case of natural or environmental disasters), the availability of a standardised, highly accurate DEM will be a major advantage.


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Did you Know?

WorldDEM is the product of the TanDEM-X Mission (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurements), realised as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Airbus Defence and Space and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Airbus Defence and Space holds the exclusive commercial marketing rights for the data and refines the elevation models according to the needs of commercial users worldwide.

TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites in space