WWF HydroSHEDS Flow Accumulation, 30 Arc-Seconds (WWF/HydroSHEDS/30ACC)

HydroSHEDS is a mapping product that provides hydrographic information for regional and global-scale applications in a consistent format. It offers a suite of geo-referenced datasets (vector and raster) at various scales, including river networks, watershed boundaries, drainage directions, and flow accumulations. HydroSHEDS is based on elevation data obtained in 2000 by NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).

This flow accumulation dataset defines the amount of upstream area (in number of cells) draining into each cell. The drainage direction layer is used to define which cells flow into the target cell. The number of accumulated cells is essentially a measure of the upstream catchment area. However, since the cell size of the HydroSHEDS data set depends on latitude, the cell accumulation value cannot directly be translated into drainage areas in square kilometers. Values range from 1 at topographic highs (river sources) to very large numbers (on the order of millions of cells) at the mouths of large rivers.

This dataset is at 30 arc-second resolution. The datasets available at 30 arc-seconds are the Hydrologically Conditioned DEM, Drainage (Flow) Direction, and Flow Accumulation.

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WWF (producer, licensor)
Google Earth Engine (host)
STAC Version 0.6.0
Keywords accumulation, drainage, flow, geophysical, hydrography, hydrology, hydrosheds, srtm, water, wwf
License proprietary
Temporal Extent 2/10/2000, 4:00:00 PM - 2/21/2000, 4:00:00 PM
Citation Lehner, B., Verdin, K., Jarvis, A. (2008): New global hydrography derived from spaceborne elevation data. Eos, Transactions, AGU, 89(10): 93-94.
Type image
GSD arc secondsm