WWF HydroSHEDS Hydrologically Conditioned DEM, 15 Arc-Seconds (WWF/HydroSHEDS/15CONDEM)

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 hydrologically conditioned elevation dataset is the result of an iterative conditioning and correction process. Note that the conditioning process alters the original DEM and may render it incorrect for applications other than deriving drainage directions. Endorheic basins (inland sinks) are ‘seeded’ with a no-data cell at their lowest point in order to terminate the flow. Full details of the underlying digital elevation model are available in the HydroSHEDS website and documentation.

This dataset is at 15 arc-second resolution. The datasets available at 15 arc-seconds are the Hydrologically Conditioned DEM, Drainage (Flow) Direction, and Flow Accumulation.

NameDescriptionGee Unit


WWF (producer, licensor)
Google Earth Engine (host)
STAC Version 0.6.0
Keywords conditioned, dem, elevation, geophysical, hydrography, hydrology, hydrosheds, srtm, topography, 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