Raster Elevation Data and Shaded Relief Maps for Minnesota

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If you are looking for:



USGS 30-meter DEM

Shaded Relief Maps, created from USGS 30-meter DEM

  • Shaded Relief Maps of Minnesota (DNR)
    GeoTIFF format graphics
  • NorthStar Mapper (MnGeo)
    Click off "Land_Cover_1990" to view the "Shaded Elevation" layer.

USGS 93-meter DEM


Twin Cities Metro Area

  • MetroGIS Datafinder (MetroGIS)
    The Elevation section lists several county and city elevation data such as 30m DEM, City of St. Paul DEM, Hydrologically Corrected 10 Meter DEM, Ramsey County LiDAR, and Steep Slope Class Grid.
  • Scott County Shaded Relief Map (Scott County) (4.5 MB, PDF)


The National Elevation Dataset (NED) and the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) datasets are two major elevation data sets available for the U.S. They are distributed via the USGS Seamless Server.

What is the difference between NED and SRTM?
  • National Elevation Dataset (USGS)
    NED is the primary elevation data product of the USGS and serves as the elevation layer of The National Map. It has three primary raster resolutions: 1 arc-second, 1/3 arc-second and 1/9 arc-second (approximately 30-meter, 10-meter and 3-meter respectively). The 1/9 arc-second is created from data collected with LiDAR.
    • NED FAQ
    • Status viewer: Check the "Resolution", "Production Method" and "Date of Update" layers. See the color legend by clicking on the layer name.
  • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (NASA, NGA)
    SRTM obtained elevation data on a near-global scale using a specially modified radar system onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in February 2000. The U.S. is covered by both 30-meter and 90-meter resolution data.
  • U.S. Shaded Relief Maps (The National Atlas, USGS)
  • North American Shaded Relief (Tapestry of Time and Terrain, USGS)


  • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
    Near-global coverage is available at 90-meter resolution.
  • GTOPO30 (Global 30 Arc-Second Elevation)
    Approximately 1-km resolution raster data derived from a variety of sources.
    • HYDRO1k
      Hydrologically correct DEM derived from GTOPO30.
  • ASTER DEM (NASA and Japan)  v. 2 released 10/2011
    Each elevation measurement point in this digital elevation model is 30 meters apart. Stereo-pair images are produced by merging two slightly offset two-dimensional images to create the three-dimensional effect of depth.

Information Source Abbreviations:

    CGIAR-CSI: Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research - Consortium for Spatial Information
    DNR: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    JPL: Jet Propulsion Lab
    MnGeo: Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
    NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    NGA: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    USGS: United States Geological Survey

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