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European DEM (EU-DEM)


Title (Product name): European DEM (EU-DEM) v1.0

Owner: Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry (DG-ENTR) / European Commission (EC).

Geographical scope: European.


The Digital Elevation Model over Europe from the GMES RDA project (EU-DEM) is a Digital Surface Model (DSM) representing the first surface as illuminated by the sensors.

The EU-DEM is a 3D raster dataset with elevations captured at 1 arc second postings (2.78E-4 degrees) or about every 30 meters. It is a hybrid product based on SRTM and ASTER GDEM data fused by a weighted averaging approach. The EU-DEM has been generated as a contiguous dataset divided into 1 degree by 1 degree tiles corresponding to the SRTM naming convention. The spatial reference system is geographic, latitude / longitude with horizontal datum ETRS89, ellipsoid GRS80 and vertical datum EVRS2000 with geoid EGG08. The vertical unit of this DSM is metres. These tiles have then been aggregated into 5°x5° tiles which have been projected to ETRS-LAEA.

EU-DEM covers the 39 member and cooperating countries of EEA and has been produced by a consortium formed by Indra, Intermap and AGI. The dataset is a realisation of the Copernicus programme, managed by the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry.

The EU-DEM is complemented by an integrated hydrographic network at scale 1:100, 000.


Provide a harmonized, seamless elevation and hydrography reference data set across Europe to cover a wide range of applications, mainly to cover the needs of the European Commission.

Themes: Elevation / Hydrography.

Resource language: English

Metadata date: February 2014.



  • Conrad BIELSKI
    Conrad BIELSKI

    Hi Jordi,

    thanks for the help on this topic. It's been very interesting and informative. I wanted to continue the discussion about the EU-DEM because it is a type of product (EU wide) that will become more and more important in the coming years.

    What I wanted to find out was whether the EU-DEM metadata is INSPIRE compliant. And if it is, whether this could/should be used as a best practice for metadata discovery? As you know, part of the usefulness of geospatial data today is being able to find it and so I would love to hear about how to make INSPIRE compliant metadata available so that it can be discovered especially Copernicus downstream data (i.e. new information products derived from Copernicus data).


  • Jordi ESCRIU
    Jordi ESCRIU

    Dear Conrad,

    Feel free to ask your questions in the following discussion topic, in the Elevation sub-group:


Elevation, Ortho & Grids

Elevation, Ortho & Grids

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