High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) - CanElevation Series The product High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) is part of the CanElevation Series created in support to the National Elevation Strategy implemented by NRCan. It includes a Digital Terrain Model (DTM), a Digital Surface Model (DSM) and other derived data. For DTM datasets, derived data available are slope, aspect, shaded relief, color relief and color shaded relief maps and for DSM datasets, derived data available are shaded relief, color relief and color shaded relief maps. The productive forest line is used to separate the northern and the southern parts of the country. This line is approximate and may change based on requirements. In the southern part of the country (south of the productive forest line), DTM and DSM datasets are generated from airborne LiDAR data. They are offered at a 1 m or 2 m resolution and projected to the UTM NAD83 (CSRS) coordinate system and the corresponding zones. The datasets at a 1 m resolution cover an area of 10 km x 10 km while datasets at a 2 m resolution cover an area of 20 km by 20 km. In the northern part of the country (north of the productive forest line), due to the low density of vegetation and infrastructure, only DSM datasets are generated. Most of these datasets have optical imagery as their source data. They are generated at a 5 m resolution using the Polar Stereographic North coordinate system referenced to WGS84 horizontal datum or UTM NAD83 (CSRS) coordinate system. Each dataset covers an area of 50 km by 50 km. The HRDEM product is referenced to the Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013), which is now the reference standard for heights across Canada. Complete coverage of the Canadian landmass is gradually implemented. HRDEM datasets are processed and made available as the data is acquired. Source data for HRDEM datasets is acquired through multiple projects with different partners. Since data is being acquired by project, there is no integration or edgematching done between projects. The tiles are aligned within each project. Collaboration is a key factor to the success of the National Elevation Strategy. Refer to the “Supporting Document” section to access the list of the different partners including links to their respective data. 2017-04-06 2017-10-20 Natural Resources Canada geoinfo@canada.ca Form DescriptorsDigital Elevation ModelDigital Surface ModelDigital Terrain ModelLiDARShaded ReliefColor Shaded ReliefSlope MapAspect MapDigital elevation data DTM derived data (download directory)GeoTIF http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/dtm_mnt DSM derived data (download directory)GeoTIF http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/dsm_mns High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) - CanElevation Series - Product Specifications (English)PDF http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/HRDEM_Product_Specification.pdf High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) - CanElevation Series - Product Specifications (French)PDF http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/MNEHR_Specification_Produit.pdf HRDEM Dataset Footprints by coordinate systemSHP http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/Datasets_Footprints.zip HRDEM Project Footprints (drag and drop the kml file in Google Earth to localize your region of interest)KMZ http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/Projects_Footprints.kmz HRDEM Metadata Model (English)HTML http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/HRDEM_Metadata_Model.html HRDEM Metadata Model (French)HTML http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/MNEHR_Modele_Metadonnees.html HRDEM Project FootprintsSHP http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/Projects_Footprints.zip HRDEM Project FootprintsESRI REST http://geoappext.nrcan.gc.ca/arcgis/rest/services/NRCAN/coverage_HRDEM_fr/MapServer/1 HRDEM Project FootprintsESRI REST http://geoappext.nrcan.gc.ca/arcgis/rest/services/NRCAN/coverage_HRDEM_en/MapServer/1 National Elevation Strategy partnersPDF http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/elevation/dem_mne/highresolution_hauteresolution/NationalElevationStrategyPartners.pdf

High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) - CanElevation Series

The product High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) is part of the CanElevation Series created in support to the National Elevation Strategy implemented by NRCan. It includes a Digital Terrain Model (DTM), a Digital Surface Model (DSM) and other derived data. For DTM datasets, derived data available are slope, aspect, shaded relief, color relief and color shaded relief maps and for DSM datasets, derived data available are shaded relief, color relief and color shaded relief maps. The productive forest line is used to separate the northern and the southern parts of the country. This line is approximate and may change based on requirements. In the southern part of the country (south of the productive forest line), DTM and DSM datasets are generated from airborne LiDAR data. They are offered at a 1 m or 2 m resolution and projected to the UTM NAD83 (CSRS) coordinate system and the corresponding zones. The datasets at a 1 m resolution cover an area of 10 km x 10 km while datasets at a 2 m resolution cover an area of 20 km by 20 km. In the northern part of the country (north of the productive forest line), due to the low density of vegetation and infrastructure, only DSM datasets are generated. Most of these datasets have optical imagery as their source data. They are generated at a 5 m resolution using the Polar Stereographic North coordinate system referenced to WGS84 horizontal datum or UTM NAD83 (CSRS) coordinate system. Each dataset covers an area of 50 km by 50 km. The HRDEM product is referenced to the Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013), which is now the reference standard for heights across Canada. Complete coverage of the Canadian landmass is gradually implemented. HRDEM datasets are processed and made available as the data is acquired. Source data for HRDEM datasets is acquired through multiple projects with different partners. Since data is being acquired by project, there is no integration or edgematching done between projects. The tiles are aligned within each project. Collaboration is a key factor to the success of the National Elevation Strategy. Refer to the “Supporting Document” section to access the list of the different partners including links to their respective data.

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Resource Name Resource Type Format Language Links
DTM derived data (download directory) Dataset GeoTIF No linguistic content; Not applicable Access
DSM derived data (download directory) Dataset GeoTIF No linguistic content; Not applicable Access
High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) - CanElevation Series - Product Specifications (English) Guide PDF English Access
High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) - CanElevation Series - Product Specifications (French) Guide PDF French Access
HRDEM Dataset Footprints by coordinate system Guide SHP English Access
HRDEM Project Footprints (drag and drop the kml file in Google Earth to localize your region of interest) Guide KMZ English Access
HRDEM Metadata Model (English) Guide HTML English Access
HRDEM Metadata Model (French) Guide HTML French Access
HRDEM Project Footprints Guide SHP English Access
HRDEM Project Footprints Web Service ESRI REST French Access
HRDEM Project Footprints Web Service ESRI REST English Access
National Elevation Strategy partners Guide PDF English
French
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Looking forward to complete coverage. Am working on a VR application, and the extra precision (and hopefully accuracy) will be welcome.

Great initiative! This data will be extremely useful on a wide range of projects. I look forward to seeing the dataset grow.

Hi Paul, thank you for your feedback! We are continuously trying to improve the quality of our datasets so your input is greatly appreciated. Regards, Momin, the Open Government team.