Raster Elevation Data and Shaded Relief Maps for Minnesota

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If you are looking for:

  • Consistent resolution products for the whole state, go to the State section.
  • Data beyond Minnesota, go to either the National or Global sections.



USGS 30-meter DEM

Shaded Relief Maps, created from USGS 30-meter DEM

  • NorthStar Mapper
    Click off "Land_Cover_1990" to view the "Shaded Elevation" layer.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Map, 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) entire archive available at no charge to all users
    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
    JPL: Jet Propulsion Lab
    NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    NGA: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    USGS: United States Geological Survey

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