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Downloading SRTM data

A practical demonstration of how to download SRTM elevation data.
We are going to be working with SRTM DEM data, first we need to download it!

SRTM data can be downloaded from the EarthExplorer website, where we downloaded Landsat imagery last week.

  • 1) Navigate to EarthExplorer on your browser and make sure you are logged in.
  • 2) Select your area of interest.
If you need a reminder on how to do these steps, have a look at the Landsat instructions in Week 3.
  • 3) Click the Data Sets » button.

AoI screenshot Select your area of interest.

  • 4) Expand ‘Digital Elevation’.
  • 5) Expand ‘SRTM’.
  • 6) Select ‘SRTM 1 Arc-Second Global’.
  • 7) Click the ‘Results »’ button (we can skip ‘Additional Criteria’).

SRTM data screenshot Select the SRTM elevation data.

  • 8) Use the ‘Show Footprint’ and ‘Show Browse Overlay’ buttons to help you select the SRTM data you wish to download.
  • 9) Click the ‘Download Options’ button and then click the ‘Geotiff Download’ button.

Download SRTM screenshot Download your SRTM data.

  • 10) When it has finished downloading, move your SRTM tiff file into the ‘satellite_imagery’ folder you are using for this course.

SRTM data in folder screenshot The SRTM data in your satellite imagery course folder.

Now we have downloaded our DEM data, let’s use it!

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