Global Land One-kilometer Base Elevation (GLOBE) v.1

browse graphicGlobal color, shaded-relief map of GLOBE elevations.
GLOBE is a project to develop the best available 30-arc-second (nominally 1 kilometer) global digital elevation data set. This version of GLOBE contains data from 11 sources, and 17 combinations of source and lineage. It continues much in the tradition of the National Geophysical Data Center's TerrainBase (FGDC 1090), as TerrainBase served as a generally lower-resolution prototype of GLOBE data management and compilation techniques. The GLOBE mosaic has been compiled onto CD-ROMs for the international user community. It is also available from the World Wide Web (linked from the online linkage noted above and anonymous ftp. Improvements to the global model are anticipated, as appropriate data and/or methods are made available. In addition, individual contributions to GLOBE (several areas have more than one candidate) should become available at the same website. GLOBE may be used for technology development, such as helping plan infrastructure for cellular communications networks, other public works, satellite data processing, and environmental monitoring and analysis. GLOBE prototypes (and probably GLOBE itself after its release) have been used to help develop terrain avoidance systems for aircraft. In all cases, GLOBE data should be treated as any potentially useful but guaranteed imperfect data set. Mission- or life-critical applications should consider the documented artifacts, as well as likely undocumented imperfections, in the data.
  • Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center, 1999. Global Land One-kilometer Base Elevation (GLOBE) v.1. Hastings, D. and P.K. Dunbar. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V52R3PMS [access date].
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Distributor DEM Information
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Time Period 1940-01-01 to 1999-01-01
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::5715
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.000000
S: -90.000000
E: 180.000000
W: -180.000000
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 1999-01-01
Edition Version 1.0
Data Presentation Form mapDigital
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose Provide Topographic Data for Scientific, Technical, and other Applications
Use Limitations
  • Not to be used for navigation. Although these data are of high quality and useful for planning and modeling purposes, they are not suitable for navigation. For navigation, please refer to the NOS nautical chart series.
  • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center, 1999. Global Land One-kilometer Base Elevation (GLOBE) v.1. Hastings, D. and P.K. Dunbar. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V52R3PMS [access date].
Custodians
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Topography
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Topography > Terrain Elevation > Topographical Relief Maps
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Topography > Surface Roughness
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coastal Elevation
NASA/GCMD Platform Keywords
  • Models/Analyses > DEM > Digital Elevation Model
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Service Keywords
  • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS > WEB-BASED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
  • DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING > DATA SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL
  • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > VISUALIZATION/IMAGE PROCESSING
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Service Keywords
  • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS > WEB-BASED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
  • DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING > DATA SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL
  • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > VISUALIZATION/IMAGE PROCESSING
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Continent > Africa
  • Continent > Antarctica
  • Continent > Asia
  • Continent > Australia/New Zealand > Australia
  • Continent > Europe
  • Continent > North America
  • Continent > South America
  • Geographic Region > Global Land
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Other Constraints Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center, 1999. Global Land One-kilometer Base Elevation (GLOBE) v.1. Hastings, D. and P.K. Dunbar. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V52R3PMS [access date].
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Processing Steps
  • 1996-01-01T00:00:00 - The DCW hypsography was converted to 30" latitude-longitude grids by the U. S. Geological Survey. Prototyping of techniques also involved University College London. The ANUDEM contour-to-grid software of Australian National University was used, which incorporates streamlines to help guide the gridding process. The other cartographic source materials were also converted to grids by the same general methods. Those other sources, which were originally in hardcopy format, were adapted for input to this processing by the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan. The exception is the Antarctic Digital Database, which was also in digital format.
  • 1997-01-01T00:00:00 - The AUSLIG elevation point file was interpolated to a 30 arc-second gridfile using the GRASS-GIS function s.surf.idw (using 3 nearest points). This work was done at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under an agreement with AISLIG, to produce a model for use in GLOBE.
  • 1994-01-01T00:00:00 - The Italian DEM for gravity terrain corrections was resampled to 30" gridding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, following a joint design by NOAA and the Servizio Geologico Nazionale of Italy.
  • 1996-01-01T00:00:00 - The 500-m DEM for New Zealand was reprojected from the New Zealand national projection and datum to latitude-longitude 30" gridding by the U. S. Geological Survey.
  • 1997-01-01T00:00:00 - The Zwally/NSIDC DEM for Greenland was resampled to 30 arc-seconds by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and blended with other data where available. The latter blended data were removed for transmittal to the GLOBE Task Team for GLOBE assembly, as they were unneeded.
  • 1996-01-01T00:00:00 - The DCW hypsography was converted to 30" latitude-longitude grids by the U. S. Geological Survey. Prototyping of techniques also involved University College London. The ANUDEM contour-to-grid software of Australian National University was used, which incorporates streamlines to help guide the gridding process. The other cartographic source materials were also converted to grids by the same general methods. Those other sources, which were originally in hardcopy format, were adapted for input to this processing by the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan. The exception is the Antarctic Digital Database, which was also in digital format
  • 1998-01-01T00:00:00 - All candidate data sets for GLOBE were evaluated, and blended using GRASS-GIS' function r.patch (with appropriate masking to avoid incorporating the wrong parts of candidates into the model.
Source Datasets
  • DTED Levels 1 and 0
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: 1975-01-01 to 1996-01-01
  • 30" DEM for Australia, AUSLIG elevation point file
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: point elevations ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1996-01-01
  • 30" DEM for Japan
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data Tenkuba, Japan ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1995-01-01
  • Italian DEM for DTD
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: Magnetic Tape
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1985-01-01
  • DEM for New Zealand
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: 500-metre DEM for New Zealand ; Source Type: Digital Database File
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1995-01-01
  • DEM for Greenland
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data from NASA Goddard and Hughes ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: 1985-01-01 to 1986-01-01
  • Digital Chart of the World
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Vector cartographic data from DMA ; Source Type: CD-ROM
    • Temporal extent used: 1987-01-01 to 1992-01-01
  • AMS Maps
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: Paper
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to Unknown
  • IMW Maps
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: Paper
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to Unknown
  • Map of Peru
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: Paper
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1984-01-01
  • Antartic Digital DB
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: 30" elevation data ; Source Type: CD-ROM
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1994-01-01
  • NGDC Topographic Data
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to Unknown
  • Globe
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: CD-ROM and online
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1998-01-01
  • USGS DEMs
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: magnetic tape and online
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1970-01-01
  • USGS GTOPO 30
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1996-01-01
  • 30" DEM for Australia
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1996-01-01
  • DEM for Italy
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: elevation data from 7.5 x 10 sec DEM developed by Serrizio Grologica Nazionale ; Source Type: digital database file
    • Temporal extent used: Unknown to 1984-01-01
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2017-07-03
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